True or FALSE

Ring­worm

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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.

True False

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.

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