Ringworm

Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Nassau County, Hewlett, NY

Despite its name, ringworm is actually a fungus rather than any type of actual worm. Ringworm is a persistent and incredibly itchy problem for many children and adults today, but fortunately, you can get fast relief with help from Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, in Hewlett, New York. Dr. Feinsod prescribes a treatment tailored for you to help you feel better quickly. Call the office or schedule an appointment online for proper ringworm treatment.

Ringworm

What is ringworm?

Ringworm is a skin infection triggered by fungi called dermatophytes. The telltale sign of ringworm is a circle-shaped rash. Ringworm can affect both children and adults, and it can occur in nearly any part of the body. 

Ringworm can have different names depending on where it develops. For example, ringworm in the feet is known as athlete's foot, and ringworm in the groin area is called jock itch.

What are the symptoms of ringworm?

The round rash is the main symptom of ringworm. You may have multiple round rashes at once, and they can overlap. These patches of skin usually have raised edges. If you have pale skin, the ringworm rash is usually pink or red, and if your skin is dark, the rash is typically brown or gray. 

Ringworm patches gradually get bigger and might spread to other parts of your body over time. Ringworm is often quite itchy and uncomfortable. If ringworm affects your nails, they may darken, thicken, and crumble.

How do you get ringworm infection?

Ringworm is very contagious, and you can get it in any of the following ways:

  • Touching the skin of an infected person
  • Touching an infected dog or other animals
  • Walking barefoot in soil infected with ringworm
  • Using anything an infected person has used, such as a towel 

The ringworm fungi can survive for long periods on shoes, clothing, hair brushes, and many other objects, so it's important to be extra careful about cleanliness.

What is the treatment for ringworm?

The treatment for ringworm can vary according to the severity of your infection. Dr. Feinsod performs a careful skin exam and may test some skin scrapings to confirm your ringworm diagnosis and determine its severity. 

Antifungal medicine is typically the most effective treatment for ringworm. Topical antifungal creams or lotions are often very effective, but for serious ringworm infections, you might need oral antifungal medication. Always take your medicine as prescribed so the antifungals can fully eradicate the fungi.

Dr. Feinsod treats the ringworm fully and helps you with preventive measures, as well. To get effective ringworm help, don’t hesitate to reach out to Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC. Book your appointment online or by phone today.