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Debunking 5 Myths About Ringworm

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Ringworm is one of the most common skin conditions, especially in children. It is often marked by a scaly circular rash that is itchy and red with a clearer center. It is easy for parents to mistake this rash for eczema. However, ringworm and eczema are two very distinct skin conditions, and they should not be treated the same. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about ringworm – including what actually causes it, how it spreads and what treatment is needed.

We’re setting the record straight when it comes to ringworm. Here are Five Ringworm Myths that you can stop believing now:

    1. Ringworm is caused by a worm.

A common myth but one that has no truth. Ringworm is a fungal infection that is not caused by actual worms. In fact, there are over 40 different types of fungi that can cause ringworm.

    1. Ringworm is not contagious.

Unfortunately, this type of skin rash is highly contagious. It can spread through skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs) as well as by touching a contaminated surface (blanket, doorknob, hairbrush or other household item). You can even get ringworm from your family pet!

    1. Ringworm only affects kids.

While children are more prone to ringworm, this skin infection can appear on people of all ages and all skin types. Those with a lowered immune system are especially at risk.

    1. Ringworm is not the same as Athlete’s Foot.

Ringworm can appear on various parts of the body, including the scalp and fingernails. When the ringworm rash appears on the feet, however, it is often called “Athlete’s Foot.”

    1. Ringworm doesn’t need a doctor’s attention.

While you may be able to treat some ringworm rashes with over-the-counter fungal infection creams, if your skin rash worsens or develops on the scalp, you need to see a dermatologist. Ringworm of the scalp can cause hair loss if not treated appropriately.

At Olansky Dermatology, we proudly treat all types of skin conditions for all ages – including common ringworm. There are many different forms of ringworm, so it is important that you let a skin care specialist evaluate you or your child’s rash and treat it accordingly. If you are unsure whether your rash is ringworm, eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, let our dermatologists help instead of guessing at the remedy.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

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I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

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I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

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Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

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Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

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I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

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