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Ringworm on Body (cont.)

How Can People Prevent Ringworm on the Body?

To avoid ringworm infection, there are several steps one can take:

  • Avoid contact with suspicious lesions on others.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • After showering, dry off completely.
  • Examine all family members for signs of tinea, as reinfection may occur.
  • Don't share bedding, towels, or clothing with a person who is infected with ringworm.
  • Athletes involved in contact sports should shower after they have completed their match or workout.
  • Examine pets for ringworm, and if suspected, take them to a veterinarian for prompt treatment, vacuum areas where the pet spends time, disinfect surfaces and pet bedding, and wash the hands after handling a pet.

What Is the Prognosis of Ringworm on the Body?

In general, ringworm infections can be cured with the proper treatment, and patients will get better within four weeks. Possible complications include bacterial superinfection or an invasive dermatophyte infection, in which the fungus spreads down into the hair follicles.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2016

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