Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on January 11, 2016
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Q:Ringworm is caused by a fungus. True or false?
Q:What describes the "ring" in ringworm?
A:The "ring" in ringworm is a red, circular skin rash that is associated with itching.
Q:Animals can transmit ringworm to people. True or false?
Q:What is the name for ringworm that affects the feet?
A:"Tinea" and "dermatophytosis" are medical terms for ringworm. Other terms for the condition depend upon the location of the infection. The following are some terms used to describe ringworm infection of specific body areas:
Q:Is ringworm contagious?
Q:With treatment, ringworm usually clears after about 2 to 4 weeks. True or false?
Q:What kind of ringworm requires a prescription treatment?
A:Creams, lotions, or powders are not effective against ringworm on the scalp, so Tinea capitis is typically treated with prescription antifungal medication taken by mouth for 1 to 3 months.
Q:When should you contact a doctor?
A:You should contact your health-care provider if ringworm worsens or does not improve with use of non-prescription medications, or if the condition returns after treatment is complete.
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