Ringworm

Learn About Treatment for Ringworm at Aurora

What is Ringworm?

Despite the name, ringworm is not a worm. Ringworm, also known as tinea, is a fungal infection caused by a fungus that infects the skin. The fungi that cause ringworm infections are called dermatophytes.

Ringworm infections cause red rings of tiny blisters or scaly skin. The round patches grow outward as the ringworm infection spreads. Children tend to get ringworm more often than adults do, but anyone at any age can get it.

Ringworm is contagious and, as long as you have an active infection, you can give it to someone else. Your dermatologist can tell you how best to prevent the spread of ringworm to others (and to keep it from spreading on your own body).

How is Ringworm Treated?

The treatment for ringworm is usually pretty straightforward. Dermatologists at Aurora treat ringworm with antifungal medications, which help control the fungus and prevent it from coming back. Antifungal medications come in shampoos, powders, creams and lotions. Your dermatologist will prescribe the best option for you depending on the severity and location of your ringworm.

Your dermatologist also may suggest that you take an oral medication to treat your ringworm, so the medication can spread throughout your body to all locations affected.

There are over-the-counter treatments available at pharmacies without a prescription. However, these medications are not as strong as the prescription versions. Ask your dermatologist if treating your ringworm with an over-the-counter antifungal medication is sufficient or whether you’ll need a stronger prescription.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Ringworm Treatment?

When it comes to caring for your skin, you want the best. And, at Aurora, our dermatologists are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced ringworm treatments available.

Because Aurora dermatologists work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, we can offer you so much more than simple dermatology care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expertise: A team of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants care for you.
  • Innovation: You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology.
  • Network of physicians: Being part of the Aurora network gives you access to specialized care for all of your health care needs.
  • Attention to you: At Aurora, you’re never just another patient. You’re an important part of your health care team. No matter which treatment you choose for your ringworm, your dermatologist will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before your treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.

How do I Schedule a Consultation with a Dermatologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with a dermatologist at Aurora, call one of the dermatology offices directly. View the list of Aurora dermatologists.