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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Tinea corporis, or ringworm, is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Tinea corporis is most common in school children and athletes.
- Antifungal medicine: This may be given as a cream or pill. Take the medicine until it is gone, even if it looks like your infection is gone sooner.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent the spread of tinea corporis:
- Wash all items that come into contact with infected skin: Wash all towels, clothes, and bedding in hot water. Use laundry soap. Clean shower stalls, mats, and floors with a germ-killing or fungus-killing cleaner.
- Do not share personal items: Do not share towels, brushes, combs, or hair accessories.
- Keep your skin, hair, and nails clean and dry: Bathe every day, and dry your skin before you put medicine on the infected area. Wash your hands often. Do not scratch your sores. This may cause the infection to spread.
- Avoid infected pets: A patch of missing fur is a sign of infection in a pet. Take your infected pet to a veterinarian for treatment.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your infection continues to spread after 7 days of treatment.
- Your rash is not gone in 2 weeks.
- The area around your rash becomes red, warm, tender, swollen, or smells bad.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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