What Is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that can occur anywhere on the body. It can cause a distinctive red, ring-shaped rash.

Here's what you need to know about ringworm:

  • Ringworm causes itching and appears as a red, circular rash.
  • Ringworm is more likely to affect children but adults can
    get ringworm, too.
  • Ringworm can be cured with antifungal treatments like LamisilAT®.
  • Ringworm can occur almost anywhere on the body.

The Causes of Ringworm

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You can get ringworm by touching a person or animal with infected skin or from touching a surface that's been infected (like floors or towels).

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You can get ringworm by touching a person or animal with infected skin or from touching a surface that's been infected (like floors or towels).

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Ringworm is more common in hot, humid environments.

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Ringworm is more common in hot, humid environments.

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You can get ringworm from infected animals (like dogs, cats, horses, and cows).

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You can get ringworm from infected animals (like dogs, cats, horses, and cows).

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Lamisil Athletes Foot Cream Package

Use as directed.

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*Based on Source Healthcare Analytics 2017 data.

Find Out If You Have Ringworm

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Learn About the #1 Doctor Recommended* Antifungal Treatment

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*Based on Source Healthcare Analytics 2017 data.

Learn How to Prevent Ringworm

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Use as directed.

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Test Your Knowledge About Ringworm

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#1: Ringworm is caused by a worm.

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FALSE: Ringworm is actually a highly contagious fungal infection. The same group of fungi that causes athlete's foot is responsible for ringworm. It gets its name from the infection’s primary symptom: distinctively circular, red rashes on the body.

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#2: You can get ringworm from your family pet.

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TRUE: Animals like cats, dogs, horses, and cows can get ringworm. It looks like round, bald, patchy areas in their fur. If you come into contact with an animal that has ringworm thoroughly wash your hands, immediately.

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#3: When my symptoms subside, I can stop using LamisilAT®.

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False

FALSE: Keep using LamisilAT® for the full 7-day treatment. It is critical to complete the treatment to cure ringworm and prevent reccurring infections.

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