Monday, October 2, 2017

Medical Monday: What is Ringworm, how it spreads, how to treat

At IUC we see a wide variety of skin rashes and are trained to find out what it is and how to treat it. An skin infection that has some peoples heads spinning is Ringworm, so the doctors at Island Urgent Care let you what it is, how it spreads, and how to treat this skin infection. 

Ringworm (also known as Tinea corporis) is a common skin infection caused by a fungus
(specifically (and typically) dermatophytes). It is acquired by direct skin contact from an infected person or animal (typically, a cat or dog). Patients usually present with an itchy, round, red scaly patch that spreads outward. The inner part of the rash can start to clear and a raised border will remain. Ultimately it looks ring-shaped which is why it is often referred to as “ringworm.”

It can be diagnosed by a special preparation and evaluated under a microscope. However, most trained physicians can diagnose it simply by physical examination. At Island Urgent Care, our physicians are board-certified, highly-trained providers who can diagnose not only ringworm but  wide variety of skin diseases.

Tinea Corporis "Ringworm" 
 It is important to see a trained provider as ringworm can often be misdiagnosed by a layperson or inexperienced provider and treated (inappropriately) with steroids alone which can lead to several complications. Furthermore, a common anti-fungal medication, Nystatin, will not treat the type of fungal infection that causes ringworm. The providers at Island Urgent Care are able to evaluate any suspected rashes and provide appropriate treatment as necessary. They can also  differentiate ringworm from other rashes that can appear similar such as: eczema, psoriasis, lupus and pityriasis rosea. 

If you have any concerns with skin rashes or infections walk in and get seen at Island Urgent Care. We see a wide variety of skin diseases and are willing to answer any questions you may have. 


Island Urgent Care Docs

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