May 29, 2016

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

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Reviewed on 5/11/2016