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Does Ringworm Scar?

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ANSWER:

Ringworm does not usually scar.

More Info: Ringworm, a fungal infection on the outer layer of the skin, does not usually leave a scar, although the affected area may be visible for several weeks before it begins to fade. Highly contagious, ringworm can be spread by direct physical contact with an infected human or animal, or by coming into contact with an object that has recently been touched by someone infected with ringworm.

Prevention

The best way to prevent a ringworm scar is to avoid contracting ringworm. Good hygiene is the most important factor in preventing ringworm. Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap, and shower daily. Animals infected with ringworm, usually denoted by a scaly bald patch in the fur, should be seen by a veterinarian.

Treatment

If you suspect you may have ringworm, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment will help prevent scarring. Treatment for a mild case of ringworm is an over-the-counter anti-fungal medication. More severe cases are treated with prescription topical ointment or oral medications.

Scarring

If the mark left behind by ringworm doesn’t fade after a few weeks, visit your doctor to rule out a separate or related infection. Use over-the-counter corticosteroid cream as directed on the package to help promote the fading of the scar. Microdermabrasion or chemical peels, administered by a professional esthetician, will help remove deeper or more stubborn scars.

 

Resources

“Washingtonpost.com: Live Online.” Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Sept. 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/00/health/healthtalk/healthsalad062200.htm

“Ringworm of the body: Lifestyle and home remedies – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Sept. 2012. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ringworm/DS00489/DSECTION=lifestyle%2Dand%2Dhome%2Dremedies .

“Water Related Diseases.” World Health Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Sept. 2012. http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/diseases/ringworm/en/

“Scars: MedlinePlus.” National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Sept. 2012. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/scars.html

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