“RINGWORM” is a fungus infection of the scalp or skin. The same fungi that infect humans can also infect animals such as dogs and cats, and infections may be acquired from pets as well as from infected people.
Ringworm is spread by direct contact with a person or animal infected with the fungus. It can also be spread indirectly through contact with articles such as: combs, clothing or surfaces, which have been contaminated with the fungus. It takes 10-14 days for lesions to develop after exposure.
SYMPTOMS:The symptoms include a rash that is often itchy and flaky. Ringworm on the scalp may leave a flaky patch of baldness. On other areas of the skin, Ringworm causes reddish, ring-like rash that may itch or burn. The area may be dry and scaly or it may be moist or crusted.
CONTAGIOUS PERIOD:A person with Ringworm is infectious until treated.
TREATMENT:Ringworm can sometimes be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, but prescription medication may be needed if the rash does not improve or if there are several lesions. Ringworm of the scalp requires prescription medication. It is important to take/apply the medication for as long as the doctor recommends, even though the rash may be much improved or gone.