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Does covering ringworm make it worse?

Does covering ringworm make it worse?

It may seem logical to keep ringworm covered with a bandage to prevent spreading the infection. However, bandaging the rash locks in moisture and slows the healing process. Instead, wear comfortable, breathable clothes to speed healing and avoid spreading the rash to other people.

Why wont my ringworm stop spreading?

See a doctor if the rash doesn’t go away after two weeks of home treatment. A ringworm infection that doesn’t improve or that spreads may require a prescription-strength topical cream or oral antifungal medication. Make an appointment with your primary care doctor or see a dermatologist.

Is the ringworm skin condition a life threatening condition?

Ringworms are not a rare condition. A majority of the population actively suffer from this skin condition and in most cases it isn’t life threatening. The ailment can be easily treated by oral medications – other important factors are a healthy lifestyle and adhering to good hygiene.

What to do if you have a recurring ringworm infection?

If you are prone to recurring ringworm infections, there are several options available for preventing further episodes. Make sure to follow your treatment plan thoroughly and use all meds as directed. The rash may disappear within the first few days of treatment but the fungus may still be on the skin.

How is ringworm treated on the scalp and scalp?

Ringworm primarily affects the scalp and the surface of the skin and thrives in warm, moist areas and gets its name from the ring-shaped rash that forms on infected areas. Ringworm is treated with topical medications and, in severe cases, oral medications.

How long does it take for ringworm to go away?

Make sure to follow your treatment plan thoroughly and use all meds as directed. The rash may disappear within the first few days of treatment but the fungus may still be on the skin. Most ringworm treatments last a minimum of two weeks. If you stop your treatments too soon you run the risk of a recurrence.

What’s the best treatment for a ringworm infection?

Ringworm may be hard to cure. Specific treatment will be discussed with you by your healthcare provider based on: Treatment for scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) or nail infection (tinea unguium) is hardest to treat and usually includes an oral antifungal medicine for many weeks. Some people need longer treatment.

How did the ringworm of the body get its name?

Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) is a rash caused by a fungal infection. It’s usually a red, itchy, circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance.

How is ringworm treated in an athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot can usually be treated with non-prescription medication applied to the skin. The treatment for ringworm depends on its location on the body and how serious the infection is.

What does ringworm look like on the skin?

Ringworm causes red, ring-shaped patches on the skin. The red splotches typically have a wavy border that’s raised or scaly, Dr. Vij says. The rash is usually a little itchy but not always. And those itchy red patches are all too common.