What is ringworm?
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus.
The infection causes a rash that may have a ringshape
with a raised edge. It is usually quite itchy and flaky.
When the scalp is infected, there is often
an area of baldness.
Fungal infections of the feet are
usually very itchy and cause cracking between the
Other names for ringworm include:
Athlete’s foot (ringworm of the
Jock itch (ringworm of the groin)
How is it spread?
You can get ringworm from people, animals, objects
Ringworm spreads from person to person
When someone with ringworm touches or
scratches the rash, the fungus sticks to the fingers or
gets under the fingernails.
The fungus is then spread
when that person touches someone else.
can also be spread by using items such as clothes,
towels, or hairbrushes that were used by someone
with a ringworm infection.
Animals can carry some
types of fungi on their fur or skin without showing
signs of ringworm infection.
Sick or carrier animals
can transmit fungi to people by direct or indirect
(hair or dander) contact.
Places like gyms, shower
stalls, and floors can transmit fungus if used by
someone with ringworm.
Other people can catch the
fungus if exposed to these places.
What is the treatment?
Ringworm can be cured with medication. Some
medications are taken by mouth; others are ointments
or creams to be placed on the infected area.
avoid spreading ringworm to others by:
Follow your doctor’s advice for proper
Keep your skin, hair and nails clean and dry
Wash towels and clothing in hot soapy water
to destroy the fungus
Stay away from common areas such as
community pools and gyms until your infection
Return to school or childcare facility after
treatment has been initiated
How can I prevent ringworm?
Do not share clothing, towels, hairbrushes or
other personal items
Keep common-use areas clean
Use a floor and bath cleaner that contains a
fungus-killing (called fungicidal) agent
For example, a common household bleach or cresol (specific type of disinfectant)
Use good handwashing techniques
Where can I get more information?
Contact your physician or the Southern Nevada Health District, Office of Epidemiology at (702) 759-1300.