Ringworm, despite its name, is not caused by a worm but rather by a fungal infection. It manifests as a red, itchy, circular rash on the skin, resembling a ring, hence the name. This common condition can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. At Dr. YV Rao Clinics, we provide comprehensive care and guidance for those dealing with ringworm.


Ringworm is caused by various types of fungi, including those belonging to the dermatophyte group. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and can be transmitted through direct contact with infected individuals, animals, or contaminated surfaces.


The symptoms of ringworm may vary depending on the affected area but commonly include

  • Red, scaly rash with defined edges, forming a ring-like shape
  • Itching and discomfort in the affected area
  • Blistering or oozing in severe cases
  • Hair loss or brittleness if the scalp or hair is affected


Treatment for ringworm typically involves antifungal medications, which may be applied topically as creams, ointments, or powders for mild cases. In more severe or widespread infections, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by a healthcare professional. It's important to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed, even if symptoms improve, to prevent recurrence.

Preventive Measures

Preventing ringworm involves simple hygiene practices and precautions, including

  • Keeping the skin clean and dry, especially in areas prone to sweating
  • Avoiding sharing personal items such as clothing, towels, and grooming tools
  • Wearing protective footwear in communal areas like locker rooms and swimming pools
  • Treating pets for ringworm if they are affected, as they can transmit the infection to humans

If you suspect you or a loved one may have ringworm or are experiencing symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. YV Rao Clinics for expert evaluation and care. Our team is here to support you on your journey to healthy, clear skin.

What is Ringworm?

Ringworm, also known as dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection of the skin that causes a red, circular rash with clear skin in the center, resembling a ring.

How is Ringworm transmitted?

Ringworm is highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or animal, or by touching contaminated items such as clothing, towels, or bedding.

What are the symptoms of Ringworm?

Symptoms of Ringworm include a red, scaly rash that may itch or burn. The rash often has a ring-shaped appearance, with clear skin in the center.

How is Ringworm treated?

Ringworm is typically treated with antifungal medications, either in the form of topical creams or ointments for mild cases, or oral medications for more severe infections

Can Ringworm spread to other parts of the body?

Yes, Ringworm can spread to other parts of the body if proper hygiene measures are not followed. It is important to wash hands regularly, avoid sharing personal items, and keep affected areas clean and dry.