Ringworm Treatment




What Does Ringworm Look Like?


 



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Many of our site visitors are not completely sure they know what ringworm looks like in humans. Below are some questions that we recently received as well as the answers that our medical professionals provided on what ringworm look like.

Question:

I am a 23-year old girl from Alabama. I am writing to you because I am not sure if an itchy, red patch on my groin is a ring worm infection or not. I feel too embarrassed to go to the doctor’s office and get it checked out. What does ring worm look like?

Answer:

(Response by Dr. A Richardson, MD, a guest respondent)

Ring worm looks exactly what its name applies. Ringworm looks like rings, or irregular circles, on the skin. Caused by a fungus, ringworm can affect many areas of your skin at once, including your scalp (tinea capitis), groin area (tinea cruris or also known as jock itch), or feet (tinea pedis or athlete's foot). The rash begins as a dry, raised round patch that appears red and feels itchy. The patch may get larger with time. The outer edge is scaly and red, but the inner area gets paler again, and looks to be healthy.Ringworm is usually visible 10-14 days after contact with an infected person, animal or object. While it tends to be easily diagnosed, ringworms symptoms look different from person to person. Ringworm can be easily recognized.

However, for me, physically seeing the infected area would be the best bet to diagnose that you have ringworm or not.

Question:

Once I think I know what the ringworm look like and I decide to make an appointment to see my doctor, what does he/she do to diagnose that I really do have ringworm? I still am nervous about going and I think I would feel better knowing just exactly what to expect during an exam.

Answer:

(Response by Dr. A Richardson, MD, a guest respondent)

Doctors use what is known as a KOH (potassium hydroxide solution) preparation to determine whether ring worm is present. A sample of skin is taken by lightly scraping the infected area (with a blade) where there is evident signs of scaling or flaking. Broken hairs from the scalp and beard may also be collected for analysis. The skin or hair sample is kept on a slide with potassium hydroxide and gently heated up. This solution slowly dissolves the skin cells but not the fungus cells, leaving them visible under the microscope.

Once diagnosis is complete, a doctor may recommend a prescription anti-fungal treatment. However, you may also want to consult your physician about a highly effective Phytozine which is available online and can be delivered in the privacy of your home. Please visit our product review page to learn more.



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