Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets ringworm and how do you get it?
Anyone can get ringworm, but people who have weakened immune systems may be especially at risk for infection and may have problems fighting off a ringworm infection. 1 People who use public showers or locker rooms, athletes (particularly those who are involved in contact sports such as wrestling),...
How can you prevent ringworm infection?
• Remember to wash your hands after petting dogs or cats. That way if they do already have a ringworm infection, you’ll prevent the spread of the fungus to your own skin. • Always wear clean gym clothes. It can be tempting to throw on the same pair of sweatpants or t-shirt that you wore to the gym yesterday.
Why is it important to follow the pediatricians treatment regimen for ringworm?
Following the pediatrician’s treatment regimen is important because ringworm can get worse and make your child very sick with a widespread fungal infection. If your child’s ringworm is worsening, he or she will have these signs and symptoms: How can I prevent ringworm in my child?
Why is it called ringworm and what causes it?
The reason it’s called ringworm is because the fungal infection forms a circle of red scaly skin—similar to how a worm looks when it touches end to end. As humans, we have many bacteria and fungi that live on our skin; some are useful and others can cause infections.