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If you’re ready to get help now you can book an online GP appointment to discuss your skin with a doctor, or refer yourself to a specialist dermatologist using the links below.
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Claudia Jackson (RN)
Dr Adam Abbs
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Ringworm is a common skin infection caused by fungi. It is called ringworm because it causes a circular, ring-like rash on the body. Despite the name, it is not caused by worms.
Though contagious, ringworm is not usually a serious threat to your health and is easily treated with medication.
Ringworm can affect anyone and appear on any part of the body. It often has a different name depending on the part of the body it affects. These include:
It can take around 2 weeks from becoming infected with ringworm to develop symptoms.
In the initial stage, you may notice a patch of skin that appears discoloured and scaly
During the second stage, the circular lesions get bigger. The lesions may appear as healthy skin in the centre, surrounded by a scaly area.
Start treatment as early as possible after developing symptoms to avoid the lesions getting bigger and spreading to other parts of your body or infecting other people.
Symptoms of ringworm include:
Ringworm is very common and can be spread in one of four ways:
Ringworm can look similar to other skin conditions such as some types of eczema or psoriasis. If you are not sure whether your rash is caused by ringworm, speak to a doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to diagnose ringworm and recommend a suitable treatment.
Ringworm is normally treated with anti-fungal creams, tablets, or shampoos. Your GP or pharmacist can recommend a suitable treatment for you based on where on your body the infection is.
If your skin is broken, you may develop a secondary bacterial infection which may need to be treated with antibiotics.
Once treatment is started, your child can return to school or nursery. Tell their teacher they have ringworm.
To prevent the spread of ringworm:
See a doctor if:
An online doctor can diagnose ringworm by asking you questions about your symptoms and examining your rash via video link. They can offer advice about managing your symptoms and preventing the spread of ringworm as well as recommend a suitable treatment.
Making an online video appointment is quick and easy at Medicspot. Simply click the link, choose a time and day that suits you, and have your consultation via video link from your phone wherever you are.
A pharmacist is a great place to start if you think you may have ringworm. Your pharmacist can take a look at your rash and recommend a suitable treatment. They can advise on how to take your medication, how to prevent the spread of ringworm, and when you may need to see a GP.
Ringworm is a common contagious fungal infection that causes a distinctive circular rash. If you have symptoms of ringworm, it’s important to get a diagnosis and start treatment right away to prevent spreading the infection to other people. If you think you or your child may have ringworm and would like to talk to a doctor, make an appointment today.
NHS: Ringworm October 26th 2020 (Accessed November 4th 2022)
PubMed: Tinea corporis: an updated review July 2020 (Accessed November 4th 2022)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Ringworm December 29th 2020 (Accessed November 4th 2022)
NHS: Inform: Ringworm and other fungal infections May 16th 2022 (Accessed November 4th 2022)
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