Fungal infections such as ringworm can cause itching and irritation that may be hard to deal with for most. At Sagebrush Dermatology, we strive to help each of our patients feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. We offer a range of traditional cures and can help you explore allopathic medications as well.
What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a rash caused by a fungal infection. This condition is characterized by circular patches on the skin. As a fungal infection, this condition is similar to athlete’s foot and jock itch. Like these other illnesses, it spreads by skin-to-skin contact. Certain factors increase your risk of catching this condition. These include:
- Spending time in hot, humid weather.
- Sweating heavily.
- Wrestling, playing football, or participating in another contact sport.
- Living in close contact with others, such as in military housing.
- Sharing towels, clothes, razors, and other things without disinfecting (razors) or washing (clothes and towels) them.
- Being overweight.
- Having diabetes.
- Wearing clothing that chafes your skin.
- Using a locker room or pool and not washing and drying your feet before putting on shoes and socks.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most obvious symptoms of ringworm are the irritating circular rings that develop on the body. These rings are often itchy and scaly to the touch. They can be round and flat or slightly raised. If left untreated, this condition can spread to others quickly. Therefore, it’s important to get treated right away.
How We Treat Ringworm
Over-the-counter atifungal medication is the typical go-to for addressing ringworm. However, if your symptoms have persisted for several weeks, prescription medication may be necessary. Treatments for mild cases are topical, while more severe infections require oral medications. At Sagebrush Dermatology, we can evaluate your condition and find the best treatment approach.
Schedule Treatment for Ringworm in Mesa, Arizona
Ringworm and other fungal infections can be treated quickly with the right medication. Our team has the knowledge to give you the treatment you need and help you feel better. If you’re in need of a cure, schedule an appointment today by filling out the form below or giving us a call at 480-681-DERM (3376).