People who are concerned about their ringworm symptoms should see a doctor and seek emergency treatment, experts say.
They say patients who don’t have symptoms should be treated as soon as possible.
“Ringworm is a really serious infection, it can cause very serious problems,” said Dr. Gary Wysocki, a cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Ringworm can kill people.”
Wysock, who has treated thousands of patients with ringworms, said ringworm can be treated with medication.
But it can take up to six weeks for the medication to kick in.
“The medication is going to work, but it takes up to 6 weeks to get it into the system,” Wysocks said.
“I think we’re in a situation where we have to do some things very soon, very quickly,” he said.
Wysocks also advises doctors to take a “no antibiotics, no steroids, no nootropic” approach when treating patients with the ringworm.
“You’re basically telling them, I don’t want to go into this with antibiotics or any kind of steroids,” he explained.
Ringworm symptoms range from mild to severe, including fever, fatigue and loss of appetite.
Symptoms can also include a severe rash that often includes the body’s red and swollen lymph nodes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about one in seven people will have ringworm in their lifetime.
The CDC says that the average person with ringlworm will have one or more symptoms.
Symptoms include fever, chills, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, pain and diarrhea.
In most cases, ringworm causes little or no symptoms.
But if a person develops severe symptoms and it worsens, the CDC recommends seeking emergency treatment.
“If you have any symptoms that are serious enough that you need immediate medical attention, then that person needs to see a physician,” Wydoski said.
“And, if that person does not have symptoms, we want to make sure that they get the proper treatment.”
In the United States, ringworms are a type of parasite that can be passed from person to person through the bite of a ringworm infected flea or tick.
People can also get the parasite from eating contaminated foods.
Symptoms range from a mild fever to vomiting, diarrhea and joint pain.