Ringworm Treatment

Ringworm is a common fungal infection that affects the skin, scalp, or nails, characterized by a distinctive red, ring-shaped rash, and is known for being highly contagious. Find the best ringworm treatment today with our online clinic.

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What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a contagious skin infection caused by fungi that invade different parts of the body, including the skin, scalp, groin area, or feet. It is very common in children but can infect people of any age. This infection usually presents as a red, ring-like rash and is highly communicable, passing through skin-to-skin contact or touching contaminated personal items. 

What Causes Ringworm?

Ringworm is a skin condition caused not by a worm but by a type of fungus. This fungus is part of a group called dermatophytes, which live on a protein known as keratin, found in skin, hair, and nails. 

These fungi prefer warm and moist environments, which is why they are more active and cause more infections in hot, humid conditions. This preference for moisture also explains why sweaty areas of your body are more likely to be affected.

Ringworms can show up in different areas and are named accordingly. For example, it’s called tinea capitis when it affects the scalp. On the feet, it’s known as tinea pedis or athlete’s foot, and in the groin area, it’s referred to as tinea cruris or jock itch.

Ringworm Symptoms

Ringworm presents a variety of symptoms, depending on the area of the body it affects. Some of the symptoms of ringworm infection include: 

  • Red round patch on the skin with mild swelling
  • Itchy patch on the skin
  • Scaly patches on the skin
  • Ringworm of the foot may cause scaling or cracking skin, especially in between the toes

For a complete list of symptoms, visit the NHS website.

How To Treat Ringworm

Prescription Treatments

Prescription medications for ringworm include oral antifungals such as griseofulvin, terbinafine, itraconazole, and fluconazole.

Griseofulvin is often used for scalp and skin infections, especially in children, by inhibiting fungal cell division. 

Terbinafine and itraconazole are effective against various types of fungal infections, including those affecting the skin and nails. 

Fluconazole tablets are used for more persistent or severe infections due to their broad-spectrum antifungal activity. You can buy these tablets from our online pharmacy following a short consultation with one of our licenced pharmacists; once approved, we’ll have your prescription sent directly to your door.

Over-the-counter Treatments

Topical antifungal creams and lotions like Clotrimazole and Daktarin Gold Cream are widely used over-the-counter treatments for Ringworm. These are applied directly to the affected areas and effectively treat mild fungal skin infections. These Creams can be purchased from our online ringworm clinic without a prescription.

Medicated shampoos containing ketoconazole or selenium sulfide can be used to manage scalp ringworm, helping reduce the spread of the fungus and alleviate symptoms. 

Antifungal powders and sprays are beneficial for keeping the affected areas dry, especially in the athlete’s foot. They create an environment less conducive to fungal growth and spread.

Preventing Ringworm

Following these preventative measures can significantly reduce the risk of contracting and spreading ringworm. Remember, ringworm is a common and treatable condition, but prevention is always better than cure.

Environmental Cleanliness

Regularly clean and disinfect areas frequently touched or used, such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and gym equipment. Fungi thrive in damp environments, so keeping these areas dry and clean can significantly reduce the risk of ringworm.

Personal Hygiene

It’s essential to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. After activities that cause sweating or after coming in contact with animals, a thorough shower or bath is recommended. Additionally, keep fingernails short and clean, as fungi can reside under long nails.

Clothing and Footwear

Change clothes, especially socks and underwear, daily. Choose breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, especially when exercising. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas like swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms. 

Pet Care

Regularly check pets for ringworm signs, such as missing fur patches. If a pet is diagnosed with ringworm, follow the vet’s instructions carefully to treat the pet and clean the environment to prevent the spread to humans.

Avoid Direct Contact 

Be cautious about direct skin-to-skin contact with people or animals that may be infected. This is particularly important in settings like gyms, daycares, or sports teams where close contact and shared equipment are common.

Shared Items and Equipment

 Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, hairbrushes, or clothing that may have come in contact with the fungus. In communal or shared environments, ensure that items are disinfected regularly.

Ringworm Treatment FAQs

If you are expecting a baby, you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking ringworm medications. Some antifungal medications may not be suitable during pregnancy, and a medical professional can recommend safe treatment options.

Ringworm infections can reoccur, and previous infections do not provide immunity. However, maintaining good hygiene, avoiding contact with infected individuals or animals, and following preventive measures will minimise re-infection risk.

Yes, ringworm is transmitted by direct skin contact with an infected person or by using contaminated items like combs, clothing, and surfaces.

Yes, ringworm can be passed from infected pets, especially cats and dogs, to humans. It is a common animal disease, with animals acting as carriers even when they do not show symptoms. However, Regular vet check-ups, good pet hygiene, and careful handling of pets with suspected infections prevent transmission.

The duration and effectiveness depend on the severity of the infection and the type of treatment used. Topical treatments might show improvement within a few weeks, while oral medications might take longer. It’s essential to complete the entire course of treatment as prescribed, even if symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is treated correctly.

Customer Reviews

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Ibrahim Ahsan
Ibrahim Ahsan
01/07/2023
Very helpful staff, never had any issues with this pharmacy, 100% recommend
Julie Beardsley
Julie Beardsley
17/05/2023
Very professional service. Just like having your very own pharmacist. Brilliant
Mohammed Khan
Mohammed Khan
09/05/2023
Just had private bloods taken short wait time very thorough good price nice lady would recommend.
Sarah Smithies
Sarah Smithies
07/05/2023
It is great to have somewhere local that does blood testing. The staff are lovely, helpful and experienced. They fit me in last minute. There is never a wait and the results back within a day or two.
Bob.b
Bob.b
27/03/2023
After refusal of doctors appointment same old same old ring back etc. I was invited at 5.25 to see doctor I drove over immediately. Everything fully explained and checked over I was leaving by 6pm with penicillin for strep throat. Had I followed my doctors receptionist I would probably have suffered longer and increased the chances of a worse infection.I Great efficient service.
Lisa Lowther
Lisa Lowther
17/03/2023
Fantastic service went for blood done very fast very friendly fantastic customer service

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