If you notice an itchy, circular red rash on your skin or the skin of your child, it may indicate a ringworm infection. While this rash is not dangerous, it can be unpleasant. Thankfully, our team at BeWell Immediate Care can treat it. Read on to learn about the signs of ringworm and when to come in for treatment.
What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm is not an actual worm, but a fungus that infects the skin. It is more properly called dermatophytosis. It can appear as red, itchy patches on the skin anywhere on the body, including the scalp, groin, and feet.
How Is It Caused?
Ringworm comes from direct contact with soil that contains the fungi spores Trichophyton, Microsporum or Epidermophyton. It can also come from physical contact with humans or animals that have it. This condition is more common in children, who may play in the dirt and then touch their classmates.
How Do We Treat Ringworm?
If we diagnose you or your child in our clinic as having ringworm, we can prescribe a topical antifungal medication that you can apply directly to the affected area. We may suggest helpful over-the-counter medications as well. It is very important to treat all affected areas so the infection does not spread. We can also recommend some lifestyle adjustments such as the daily washing of clothes and bedding to prevent spreading or reinfection as well as wearing loose clothing and drying thoroughly after showering or bathing.
BeWell Immediate Care for Ringworm Treatment Near Whittier, CA
If you see any kind of unfamiliar rash on your skin or your child’s skin, it’s a good idea to come in for treatment to make sure it is nothing serious and get immediate treatment. We can take care of you right away at our clinic at 12533 Washington Blvd., Suite B. No appointment is necessary and a standard visit is only $50, or $40 for a virtual consult. Schedule a consultation today.