Primary Care

What is ringworm?

Ringworm, also called tinea or dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection that affects your skin and scalp. It’s characterized by red, circular, ring-shaped rashes. Other ringworm symptoms include itchy, scaly or cracked skin, and hair loss or bald spots on the scalp.

Having ringworm is uncomfortable, but it’s not a serious condition. You can receive effective treatment for ringworm in Goshen, IN, at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care. Our team wants to help you and your family stay healthy and get rid of infections fast. We can also connect you to a primary care provider to maintain your care at all stages of life.

To make an appointment at our urgent care center on Elkhart Road, call (574) 535-1700.

What causes ringworm?

Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm – it’s caused by infection with a fungus. Over 40 different species of fungi can cause ringworm. Ringworm is contagious and spreads by contact. You can get it from another person, an animal or an object, such as a comb, shirt or locker room floor. It can even be spread from a family pet or farm animals to humans.

You can prevent the spread of ringworm by following these tips:

  • Wash all clothing, towels and bedding in hot water.
  • Shower immediately after contact sports and sports practices.
  • Wash hands with soap and water after playing with pets or handling animals.
  • Treat any affected animals for ringworm.
  • Keep skin clean and dry.
  • Wear clean clothes, socks and underwear daily.

Ringworm treatment at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care

Ringworm on the skin can usually be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams, lotions or powders. Apply the medication to the affected areas twice a day for at least 7 to 10 days. If the infection doesn’t improve, come to our urgent care center for additional treatment.

Ringworm on the scalp usually requires prescription medicine. Our providers can prescribe antifungal cream and oral medication to relieve your symptoms.

Our urgent care center serves people from Goshen, Elkhart, Dunlap and the rest of Elkhart County. Call (574) 535-1700 for ringworm treatment near you today.

Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care treats ringworm symptoms in Goshen, IN.