How does a child get ringworm?

Ringworm is spread by contact with infected humans, animals and contaminated objects and surfaces. Children are most likely to be infected by other people who already have ringworm, via school playgrounds, gyms, contaminated clothing, bath mats, towels, damp floors and showers.

What triggers ringworm?

Causes. Ringworm is caused by a type of fungus that eats keratin. These are called dermatophytes. Dermatophytes attack the skin, scalp, hair, and nails because those are the only parts of the body with enough keratin to attract them.

Can ringworm clear up by itself?

There’s no set time limit for a ringworm infection. Without treatment, it may go away on its own in a matter of months in a healthy person. Or it may not. Ringworm on the body is usually treated with a topical ointment such as terbinafine.

What are the stages of ringworm?

Recognizing ringworm symptoms red, itchy, or scaly patches, or raised areas of skin called plaques. patches that develop blisters or pustules. patches that may be redder on the outside edges or resemble a ring.

Does ringworm go away naturally?

Although some people do not show visible symptoms of the fungus or may have their visible symptoms go away for a time, without treatment the fungus that causes the rash will remain present on the skin. Because it is fungal in nature, ringworm will not go away on its own.

Can a ringworm kill you?

Ringworm cannot kill you but if left unchecked it can lead to other infections that can lead to death.

What is the best thing to treat ringworm?

Using antifungal cream or lotion is the best way to treat ringworm. You can use creams such as terbinafine or clotrimazole to get rid of ringworm on arms and legs. These creams are available in the market. Apply this cream on on the infected area.

How do kids get ringworm?

Children most commonly get ringworm from young animals, like kittens and guinea pigs. They can also pick it up through contact with infected people and contaminated objects, including carpet, floors, clothing and towels. Soil contains ringworm fungi too. Ringworm can affect any skin on the body.