How long does it take to get rid of ringworm in humans?
Left untreated, ringworm can last months. With treatment, the skin condition usually starts clearing up within days, but it can take a week or two. Treatment generally lasts after the rash disappears for a total of two to four weeks of medication, depending on the severity.
- Apply a topical antifungal. Most cases of ringworm can be treated at home.
- Let it breathe. It may seem logical to keep ringworm covered with a bandage to prevent spreading the infection.
- Wash bedding daily.
- Change wet underwear and socks.
- Use an antifungal shampoo.
- Take a prescription antifungal.
- Others require a prescription. If the infection is on your skin – as in the case of athlete's foot or jock itch – your doctor will likely suggest an OTC antifungal cream, lotion, or powder. Some of the most popular include: Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)
- Ringworm is also called “tinea” or “dermatophytosis.” The different types of ringworm are usually named for the location of the infection on the body. Areas of the body that can be affected by ringworm include: Feet (tinea pedis, commonly called “athlete's foot”)
- Characterized by round skin lesions (rings) and early belief that the infection was caused by a parasite (worm), the English word “ringworm” was born sometime in the early 15th century. While the condition is actually the result of a fungal infection by an organism called a dermatophyte, the name ringworm has stuck.
From mild to deadly. Not all infections are fatal. Treatable skin infections, or dermaticites, could be considered the most common fungal infection of all, affecting as many as 1-2 billion people, and resulting in ringworm, athlete's foot and even dandruff, says Gow.
- Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection caused by mold-like parasites that live on the cells in the outer layer of your skin. It can be spread in the following ways: Human to human. Ringworm often spreads by direct, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
- Attacking fungal infection, one of world's major killers. Summary: Fungal infections take more than 1.3 million lives each year worldwide, nearly as many as tuberculosis. Perlin has made it his mission to reduce the death toll and severe disability that fungi can cause.
- You can catch it in any of the following ways:
- From another person. Ringworm often spreads by skin-to-skin contact.
- From your pets. Rubbing or grooming Sparky?
- By touching objects. The fungus that causes ringworm can linger on surfaces, clothes, towels, and in combs and brushes.
- From soil.
Updated: 16th October 2019