Frequently Asked Questions About Ringworm

Is ringworm caused by worms?

No! Ringworm is a fungal skin infection, and has nothing to do with worms. It gets its name from the ring-shaped rash that develops on your skin from the fungal infection.

Is ringworm contagious?

Yes, ringworm is contagious and can be transmitted from pets and farm animals to humans as well as from human to human. For tips on how to lower your risk of ringworm and stop it from spreading, visit our prevention page.

How do I treat ringworm?

As ringworm is a fungal infection, you need to use an anti-fungal treatment to treat it effectively. Canesten has a range of treatment products available including different applications, click here to learn more.

Can animals get ringworm?

Yes. If your pet has patches of missing fur, it could be ringworm. Check your family and other pets for signs of the infection and take your pet to the vet as soon as possible. If you come across an animal that you think is infected you should stay away to avoid getting the infection yourself.

How can I prevent ringworm in future?

Ringworm is contagious, however you can take measures to prevent it from spreading and recurring. For example, if someone has ringworm, make sure his or her clothing, towels and bed linen are washed separately.For more prevention tips click here.