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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Tinea corporis, or ringworm, is a skin infection caused by a fungus. It usually affects the skin on your face, chest, or limbs. Tinea corporis is most common in children and athletes.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your rash continues to spread after 7 days of treatment.
- Your rash is not gone in 2 weeks.
- The area around your sore becomes red, warm, tender, swollen, or smells bad.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Antifungal medicine 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. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her 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.
- Do not participate in contact sports , such as wrestling, for 72 hours after starting treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider before you participate in contact sports.
- Have infected pets treated by a veterinarian. A patch of missing fur is a sign of infection in a pet. Wear gloves and long sleeves if you handle an infected animal. Always wash your hands after handling the animal. Vacuum your home to remove infected fur or skin flakes. Disinfect surfaces and bedding that your animal comes into contact with.
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