Why does my ringworm keep coming back?

Ringworm can also spread to other parts of the body, including the feet, nails, scalp, or beard. After treatment, the rash will go away. But ringworm can return unless you follow steps to prevent it. The tendency to get fungal skin infections or to have them return after treatment seems to run in families.

What causes recurring ringworm?

You're at higher risk of ringworm of the body if you: Live in a warm climate. Have close contact with an infected person or animal. Share clothing, bedding or towels with someone who has a fungal infection.

Does ringworm keep coming back in the same spot?

If you treat only one area, you'll still have a ringworm infection. The infection can quickly spread to other areas again. Because ringworm is very contagious, you can also spread ringworm to other people.


How do you get rid of ringworm permanently?

Ringworm is treated with antifungal medicines that you either rub on the skin or take by mouth. Ringworm of the scalp is treated with a special shampoo and an oral antifungal medicine. You may have to keep using whatever medicine you're prescribed for several weeks to fully get rid of the infection.

Does ringworm ever go away completely?

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.


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Should I cover my ringworm when I sleep?

Let it breathe. It may seem logical to keep ringworm covered with a bandage to prevent spreading the infection. However, bandaging the rash locks in moisture and slows the healing process. Instead, wear comfortable, breathable clothes to speed healing and avoid spreading the rash to other people.

What can be mistaken for ringworm?

There are a variety of ringworm imposters that could be causing you or your child's rash. The two most common conditions are nummular eczema and granuloma annulare. Nummular eczema causes circular patches of dry skin that can burn or become dry and scaly.

Why is ringworm so hard to get rid of?

Because the fungi can live indefinitely on the skin, recurrences of ringworm are likely. Treatment may need to be repeated. If you have ringworm symptoms, see your healthcare provider for treatment recommendations. It is important to note that common home remedies do not effectively treat this condition.

What happens when antifungal cream doesn't work?

If one class of antifungal drugs doesn't help, your healthcare provider may try a medicine from a different class. There's a limited number of effective antifungal treatments. If an infection doesn't respond to antifungals, your provider may try different medicines.


When is ringworm no longer contagious?

According to the Seattle Children's Hospital, ringworm stops being contagious after 48 hours of treatment. While undergoing treatment, a person can cover the lesion to help prevent it from coming into contact with other people or objects in the environment.

Is ringworm caused from being dirty?

Ringworm is an infection on the surface of the skin that is caused by a fungus. It is common in children but can also occur in adults. It is usually passed by direct skin contact with another person who has ringworm or by touching a contaminated surface such as dirty clothing or towels.

What is the best ointment for ringworm?

Apply an over-the-counter antifungal lotion, cream or ointment such as clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF) or terbinafine (Lamisil AT) as directed on the packaging.

What disinfectant kills ringworm?

Miconazole (an antifungal) and chlorhexidine (a disinfectant) synergize each other when combatting ringworm. They are available as a combination rinse as well as shampoo.


What happens if ringworm goes untreated?

If left untreated, ringworm can spread to other areas of your body. You may also risk spreading the infection to someone else. Other potential complications include: hair loss and scarring.

Can antifungal cream make ringworm worse?

If you travel internationally, develop a rash, and think it might be ringworm, be aware that strong over-the-counter steroid creams containing combinations of antifungal and antibacterial medicines can make ringworm worse and cause other health problems.

Can you use too much Lotrimin?

An overdose of Lotrimin AF Cream is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

Can you overuse antifungal cream?

What if I use too much? If you use too much clotrimazole cream, spray or solution or use it more often than you need to, it may make your skin red or irritated. If this happens, use less the next time.


Does ringworm leave a scar?

Ringworm is a round red or discolored rash caused by a common fungal infection. While most people heal from ringworm without any lasting effects, a few people may experience permanent scarring. While these scars usually fade over time, there are several things you can do to prevent or minimize their appearance.

Can ringworm make you sick?

Fungal infections rarely spread below the surface of the skin. The risk of any serious illness is very small. However, without treatment, ringworm can spread from one part of the body to another. If the skin is broken, bacteria may enter and cause an infection.

What looks like ringworm but isn't ringworm?

Other conditions that occasionally look like ringworm include seborrhea, psoriasis, pityriasis, contact dermatitis (such as poison oak), drug reactions, tinea versicolor, vitiligo, erythema migrans (a rash seen in Lyme disease), and even lupus.

Can ringworm disappear and come back?

Ringworm can also spread to other parts of the body, including the feet, nails, scalp, or beard. After treatment, the rash will go away. But ringworm can return unless you follow steps to prevent it. The tendency to get fungal skin infections or to have them return after treatment seems to run in families.


Can you have multiple ringworm spots?

It's common to have just one spot of ringworm, while nummular eczema often has multiple patches. Ringworm is sometimes mistaken for forms of eczema and other skin conditions, like psoriasis.

Does ringworm always have a ring?

Myth 2: Ringworm only affects the skin

Although ringworm often does appear on the skin, including the scalp, it can also show up on the fingernails or toenails. Ringworm of the nails doesn't create a ring-like pattern. Instead, it turns the nails thick, yellow, and brittle.

Where did I catch ringworm?

From an animal that has ringworm.

People can get ringworm after touching an animal that has ringworm. Many different kinds of animals can spread ringworm to people, including dogs and cats, especially kittens and puppies. Other animals, like cows, goats, pigs, and horses can also spread ringworm to people.

Can you put rubbing alcohol on a ringworm?

Rubbing alcohol will kill ringworm that is right on the surface of the skin, but the vast majority of a ringworm infection lives below the skin surface. Rubbing alcohol, however, is effective at disinfecting surfaces and objects to prevent the spread of ringworm.
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