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Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection on the skin. It causes a rash that is often ring-shaped.

Ringworm causes a red or silver rash that is often ring-shaped.

You can usually treat ringworm with antifungal creams, gels or sprays bought from a pharmacy.

Ringworm is a fungal infection. It's not caused by a worm. It can be spread through close contact with an infected person, bedsheets and towels.

Read more on the NHS website.

Ringworm causes a red or silver rash that is often ring-shaped.

Check if it's ringworm

The main symptom of ringworm is a red or silver rash. The rash may be scaly, dry, swollen or itchy.

Ringworm can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp (tinea capitis) and groin (jock itch).

A ring-shaped ringworm rash on the skinThe rash is usually ring-shaped, unless it's on your face, neck or scalp.

A large ringworm rash on the skinSometimes the rash grows, spreads or there's more than one rash.

Ringworm on the scalpRingworm on the face or scalp may also cause patchy hair loss.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can usually treat ringworm with antifungal creams, gels or sprays bought from a pharmacy.

Medical treatments

Speak to a pharmacist first.

They can look at your rash and recommend the best antifungal medicine. This might be a cream, gel or spray depending on where the rash is.

You usually need to use antifungal medicine every day for 2 weeks. It's important to finish the whole course, even if your symptoms go away.

A pharmacist will tell you if they think you should see a GP.

Self-care


Do

  • start treatment as soon as possible
  • wash towels and bedsheets regularly
  • keep your skin clean and wash your hands after touching animals or soil
  • regularly check your skin if you have been in contact with an infected person or animal
  • take your pet to the vet if they might have ringworm (for example, patches of missing fur)

Don't

  • do not share towels, combs and bedsheets with someone who has ringworm
  • do not scratch a ringworm rash – this could spread it to other parts of your body

Read more on the NHS website.

Ringworm is a fungal infection. It's not caused by a worm. It can be spread through close contact with an infected person, bedsheets and towels.

Read more on the NHS website.