Ringworm or tinea corporis is not caused by a worm but is a fungal skin infection. Ringworm causes a red circular rash, with skin that is clear in the center. The appearance of the rash is where the term ringworm comes from. Ringworm infections are similar to fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch and are treated similarly.

If over-the-counter antifungal treatments have not helped, your healthcare provider will prescribe further treatment. Treatment may include creams, lotions, or in some cases, pills.

Signs of ringworm include:

  • Red, scaly, ring-shaped rash that may itch
  • Ring-shaped rash that overlaps
  • Slightly raised expanding rings

Ringworm spreads easily. Possible ways of spreading ringworm include:

  • Direct skin to skin contact with someone else that has ringworm
  • Touching an animal with ringworm
  • Contact with surfaces that a person or animal with ringworm has touched or rubbed against
  • Prolonged contact with soil infected with ringworm

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Strategies to prevent ringworm include the following:

  • Practice frequent handwashing.
  • If you participate in sports, shower after playing and keep your clothing and uniforms clean.
  • Avoid infected animals. They may have a missing patch of hair.
  • Don’t share personal belongings like clothing, towels, or sports gear.

If you notice a skin spot that you are concerned may be ringworm, our healthcare providers will evaluate and treat your skin.