What Is Ringworm and How Is It Treated?

November 15, 2019

While many people have heard of ringworm, they may not be well aware of what it is and how to treat it. At Chevy Chase Dermatology, Dr. Margaret Summerville is pleased to offer patients a proper diagnosis of their condition and discuss their treatment options.

What is ringworm?

Ringworm isn’t even caused by a worm. It is actually an infection of the skin caused by mold. It can develop anywhere on the body on the skin, nails, and even the hair and scalp. This condition often causes a round, ring-shaped patch of red scaly patches and bumps. Patients often experience itching that can be extremely troublesome. When it develops on the scalp, some patients even notice the loss of hair in patches.

How does an individual get ringworm?

Because ringworm is highly contagious, it can be a condition that can spread throughout schools, daycares, and workplaces. It can be contracted from skin-to-skin contact, from petting your cat or dog, from infected soil, or by touching objects that have been handled by someone who has ringworm.

How is ringworm treated?

The treatment method used for ringworm depends on several factors after it has been diagnosed. The area in which the infection has developed, as well as the severity, will depend on the treatment the doctor chooses for an individual. Some minor cases of ringworm may be addressed with over-the-counter antifungal medications. Most creams can be applied anywhere on the skin in lotion or powder form. Medications may be used up to four weeks to ensure the fungus has been eradicated. If these methods do not work to address ringworm, the dermatologist may suggest stronger antifungal medications that can only be obtained by prescription.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Margaret Summerville today

If you believe you have ringworm, it is vital that you contact a dermatologist or other medical professional for a proper diagnosis and to discuss effective treatment. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology is here to help. Call her practice at (301) 656-SKIN and visit Suite 830 at 5530 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD. Her practice is always accepting new and existing patients seeking dermatological care.

Category: Medical Dermatology, Ringworm

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