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“Ringworm is very contagious,” said Dr. Piliang. “You can get it by touching an infected person’s skin, petting an infected animal, touching soil infected with ringworm or using an infected object, like a phone, comb or towel.”
If you notice any signs or symptoms of ringworm, Dr. Piliang recommends the following tips:
“Every case of ringworm can be successfully treated, but sometimes it can be stubborn,” said Dr. Piliang. “It’s important to follow your dermatologist’s treatment plan and keep all of your follow-up appointments. If your treatment fails to clear the rash or your infection gets worse, call your dermatologist.”
These tips are demonstrated in “Do I Have Ringworm?”, a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.
Ringworm: signs and symptoms
Ringworm: diagnosis, treatment and outcome
Ringworm: 12 tips for getting the best results from treatment
About the AAD
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).