Table of Contents
- Ringworm facts
- Is ringworm contagious?
- What does the term ringworm mean?
- What causes ringworm?
- What are the sources of skin fungi?
- What are risk factors for ringworm?
- What types of ringworm are there? What are ringworm symptoms and signs?
- Types of ringworm: tinea corporis and tinea cruris. What are the symptoms?
- Types of ringworm: tinea faciei and tinea manus. What are the symptoms?
- Types of ringworm: tinea pedis and tinea unguium. What are the symptoms?
- What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose ringworm?
- What kinds of doctors treat ringworm?
- What is the treatment for ringworm? Are there home remedies for ringworm?
- Is it possible to prevent ringworm?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) for ringworm?
What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose ringworm?
Often, the diagnosis of ringworm is obvious from its location and appearance. Otherwise, skin scrapings for microscopic examination and a culture of the affected skin can establish the diagnosis of ringworm. If the diagnosis is unclear, a potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation of a skin scraping can be reviewed under the microscope to confirm the diagnosis of a fungus. If a fungus infection is present and the skin problem is misdiagnosed, inappropriate treatment might be prescribed that could actually worsen the infection.
What kinds of doctors treat ringworm?
Ringworm is treated by primary-care specialists, including internists, pediatricians, and family medicine specialists. Because it is a skin condition, many people also seek treatment from a dermatologist for ringworm. In rare, complicated ringworm infection, an infectious-disease specialist may be consulted. Continue Reading