Ringworm

What is the prognosis (outlook) for ringworm?

Ringworm can be cured with appropriate treatment. Ringworm of the skin typically resolves after two to three weeks' treatment, while cases of ringworm of the scalp or nails may require treatment for a few months. Complications are rare and can include a secondary bacterial infection of the skin or a widespread fungal infection (extremely rare and more likely to occur in individuals with suppressed immune systems).

Reviewed on 3/16/2012