Welcome to White Pebble Dermatology practice in Columbia, Maryland, and Highland, Maryland! Our team of experienced dermatology specialists is dedicated to helping our patients achieve healthy and clear skin. One of the most common skin conditions we see in our practice is ringworm, which can be uncomfortable and unsightly. In this section, we will discuss what ringworm is, its symptoms, causes, and how our team can help you get rid of it.
What is Ringworm?
Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a fungal infection of the skin that can appear on any part of the body. Despite its name, it is not caused by a worm. The infection is characterized by a circular or ring-shaped rash that is typically red, itchy, and scaly. Ringworm can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in children.
Symptoms of Ringworm
The most common symptom of ringworm is a round or oval-shaped rash that may be slightly raised and red in color. The rash may have a raised, scaly border and clear up in the middle, giving it a ring-like appearance. The rash may also be accompanied by itching or burning sensations. If the infection is severe or left untreated, it may spread to other areas of the body.
Causes of Ringworm
Ringworm is caused by a type of fungus called dermatophytes. These fungi thrive in warm and humid environments such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. Ringworm can also be transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or animal, or by sharing personal items such as towels or clothing.
Treatment of Ringworm
Treatment for ringworm usually involves the use of antifungal medications such as topical creams or oral medications. Over-the-counter creams or ointments containing antifungal agents such as clotrimazole or miconazole can be used to treat mild cases of ringworm. However, more severe cases may require prescription-strength medication, such as terbinafine or itraconazole, which can be taken orally or applied topically.
In addition to medication, it is important to keep the affected area clean and dry. You should avoid scratching the rash, as this can spread the infection to other areas of your body. If you have pets, you should also have them treated for ringworm, as they can easily transmit the infection to humans.
If you suspect that you have ringworm, it is important to seek treatment from a dermatology specialist. Our team of dermatology specialists can diagnose and treat ringworm using a variety of approaches, including medication and lifestyle recommendations.
In summary, ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin that can cause a circular, itchy rash. It is caused by a type of fungus and can be spread through direct contact with infected individuals or animals. Treatment typically involves the use of antifungal medications, along with keeping the affected area clean and dry. If you suspect that you have ringworm, contact our dermatology practice for diagnosis and treatment.