What is it?
People used to think an actual worm present under the skin caused ringworm. We now know it's a ring-shaped lesion produced by your body's response to advancing fungi. Ringworm lesions appear circular in shape with a raised border around the edges. Growth occurs upward and away from the site of infection; the middle of the lesion appears clear and heals as the infection spreads. Lesions may itch intensely, especially in warm weather.
How'd I get it?
Athletes participating in sports such as wrestling, football and hockey are extremely susceptible because of bodily contact. It can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected pets (usually puppies and kittens) or other infected people. Transmission from adult animals is rare.
How do I get rid of it?
- Wash and dry the infected area
- Apply a thin layer of a Tinactin® antifungal product on and around the lesions twice a day (morning and night)
- Continue treatment for four weeks, even if symptoms disappear, to ensure a complete cure
- If condition persists, consult your doctor. Since ringworm lesions tend to ooze, a liquid or liquid spray antifungal, such as Tinactin® Liquid Spray or Tinactin® Solution, works best
How do I keep it from coming back?
- Shower after playing sports
- Wash clothes after each workout
- Try to avoid contact with infected individuals or pets
- Avoid sharing clothing or towels in the locker room
- Make sure mats such as those used in wrestling and gymnastics are washed daily with appropriate cleaning solutions