July 2, 2012
In this week’s What’s Going Around, Stephanie Satchell spoke with Doctor Kathy Phan of Greene Family Medicine about ringworm.
Symptoms of ringworm include an itchy circular rash. Edges of the rash are flaky and scaly with a clear center. It’s generally not painful, but it gets bigger and can be accompanied by jock itch or athlete’s foot. The skin condition can last for months without treatment.
Those more at risk for ringworm include school aged children, athletes who have skin to skin contact, adults that care for children with ringworm, and patients who have Diabetes or HIV.
When it comes to treatment, Dr. Phan says topical antifungal creams and powders are prescribed. If the infection is severe, a patient may need oral antifungals.
Dr. Phan says the best way to prevent ringworm is by avoiding skin to skin contact with people who have it. She also says sports participation should be restricted in affected athletes.
Ringworm is caused by a fungus, not a worm like the name suggests and can spread easily from one person to another. You can catch ringworm from someone who has it.