Fungal infections are mysterious. The severity of each infection is different, the best way to treat each infection is not the same and the duration of a given infection fluctuates. Ringworm infections are frustrating to treat for this reason and no single ringworm cure is perfect. However, it is important to understand the infection in order to have the best chance at treating it properly. Read on for five myths about ringworm infections.
1. Ringworm is caused by a worm. This is absolutely false. Ringworm is a fungal infection that happens to form in a circular shape. There is nothing about a fungal ringworm infection that has anything to do with worms.
2. All ringworm infections are circular. Most are, but the biggest indicator of the presence of a ringworm infection is the itchy, red patches of skin not the shape of the infection itself.
3. Ringworm isn’t very contagious. The opposite is actually true. Merely brushing up against an active ringworm infection or even touching an item that has contacted an active ringworm infection can be enough to contract the infection. Fungal agents are resilient and can live for up to 72 hours on a surface.
4. Ringworm infections appear immediately. Some cases of ringworm can remain dormant for up to 2 weeks before flaring up. This is not usually the case but certainly can happen.
5. Ringworm is dangerous. Irritating, yes. Annoying, yes. But no ringworm infections have caused long term health problems.