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Ringworm

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

Ringworm causes a rash that's often ring-shaped. It may appear red, silver or darker than surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.

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 passed on by close contact with an infected person, bedsheets and towels.

Read more on the NHS website.

Ringworm causes a rash that's often ring-shaped. It may appear red, silver or darker than surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.

Check if it's ringworm

The main symptom of ringworm is a rash. It may look red, silver or darker than surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.

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).

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The rash is usually ring-shaped, but it may look different on your face, neck or scalp.

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Sometimes the rash grows, spreads, or there's more than 1 rash.

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Ringworm 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 the rash and recommend the best antifungal medicine. This might be a cream, gel or spray depending on where the rash is.

You may need to use an antifungal medicine every day for up to 4 weeks. It's important to use it for the right amount of time, even if the rash has gone 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 or 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 passed on by close contact with an infected person, bedsheets and towels.

Read more on the NHS website.