Ringworm is a common fungal infection.
Despite its name, it is not caused by worms.
A pharmacy will usually stock the correct medication to treat it.

How do I know if it is Ringworm?

The main symptom of Ringworm is a rash.
This rash will usually appear red, silver or darker than the surrouding skin area (This can depend on your skin tone)

The rash may also be dry, swollen, scally and/or itchy.

The rash may be less noticeable on darker toned skin.

Ringworm can appear anywhere on the body, this can include;

 - The Scalp (Known as Tinea Capitis)
 - Groin (Jock itch)


A pharmacist can help with Ringworm

Speak to a pharmacist first

They can inspect the rash to advise and recommend the best form of antifungal treament for you.
This treatment may be a cream, spray or gel. This will be dependant on where the rash is located.

You may need to use an antifungal medicine every day for up to 4 weeks.
It is important to use the treatment for the correct amount of time, even after the rash has gone away.

A pharmacist will advise you if they think that you need to speak with a GP

When should I see/speak to a GP?

 - If the Ringworm has not improved/disappeared after using the antifungal medicine that was recommended by a pharmacist
 - You have ringworm on your scalp. You will usually need a prescription for an antifungal shampoo and tablets.
 - You have a weakened immune system (E.g. from Chemotherapy, Steroids or diabetes)

 - Ringworm on the face or scalp may also cause patchy hair loss (ensure that you speak with a GP if this is where the Ringworm is located)

How have I caught it?

Ringworm is caused by a type of fungi.

It can be caught or passed on through close contact with;

 - An infected person or animal
 - Infected objects (Bedsheets, combs or towels)
 - Infected soil (This is less common)

It is fine for you or your child to go to work/school once they have started treatment. It is advisable to let your child's teacher know they have ringworm, to reduce the chance of spreading.

Can I stop Ringworm spreading?

 - Start treatment as soon as possible
 - Wash towels and bedsheets regularly
 - Keep your skin clean and wash your hands after touching animals or soil
 - regularly check your skin if you have been in contact with an infected person or animal
 - take your pet to the vet if they might have ringworm (For example, patches of missing fur)

 - Share towels, combs or bedsheets with someone who has Ringworm
 - Scratch a Ringworm rash (This could spread it to other parts of your body)