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Have you noticed expanding red circles on your skin? If so, you might have ringworm.

Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a topical fungal infection. It typically looks like a red circle on your skin. The infection can spread and enlarge while the inner part of the circle returns to normal.1

Ringworm symptoms

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Understanding ringworm

Ringworm is contagious! You can catch it through a cut on skin, direct physical contact with an affected area of skin or contaminated objects 5 like towels and cosmetic products.

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Ringworm treatment

Antifungal creams kill the fungi responsible for ringworm symptoms and allow your skin to heal.

You can quickly relieve your symptoms with easily applied anti-fungal products in cream formulation. They penetrate deep enough to get to the cause of your infection but aren't aggressive on your skin. Start the treatment as early as possible to prevent ringworm from infecting other areas of your skin.6

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Preventing ringworm

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Avoid touching infected areas of your skin. This can spread the infection to other areas.7

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Wash your hands regularly, and after applying an antifungal cream on an affected area of your skin.8

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Prevent excessive sweating by avoiding humid and warm spaces. These conditions are ideal for fungi growth.

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Ringworm can affect animals, too! Get your pets checked for ringworm by a vet, especially if you notice missing patches of fur. Stay away from animals infected with ringworm.9,10

Facts about ringworm

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You don’t need to feel alarmed! Despite its name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms!11

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Ringworm is a fungal infection and requires antifungal medication to get rid of the infection.12

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You can help prevent ringworm  through regular body exfoliation. Through this, you deprive fungus of its food source.


  1. Tinea Corporis, in: Hainer, B.L., Dermatophyte Infections, in: American Family Physician 2003, vol. 67, Number 1, p. 104
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  3. Presentation, Tinea Corporis, in: Buttaravoli, op. cit.
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  12. Tinea Corporis, in: Hainer, B.L., Dermatophyte Infections, in: American Family Physician 2003, vol. 67, Number 1, p. 104-105