True or FALSE
1 Ringworm is a common fungal infection, and is spread by actual worms.
True False 2 The infection is always contained to the stomach and chest.
True False 3 The main symptom is a red or silver rash, usually ring-shaped.
True False 4 Using antifungal medicine such as gels, creams and sprays every day for two weeks can clear the infection.
1 FALSE It is spread by infected people, animals, soil and objects such as sheets, combs and towels.
2 FALSE The infection can spread to anywhere, and is common on the scalp (tinea capitis) – which can cause patchy hair loss – and groin.
3 True The rash may be scaly, itchy, dry or swollen, often grows, and can present itself in separate areas of the body.
4True But visit your GP if it doesn’t go in two weeks (you may need prescription antifungal tablets or shampoo) or if you have a weakened immune system.