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June 24th, 2005, 12:22 PM
Is ringworm contagious the entire time there are lesions? Does anyone know?

June 24th, 2005, 01:16 PM
Oh yes very contagious, as well as about 3 weeks after they start to heal. Not only that, the stuff can live in your house up to 6 months. We just finished treatment for that, finally all gone. But have to still disinfect the house for a few months

June 24th, 2005, 01:27 PM
Thanks. Do you know if there's any way to minimize the contagious period; topical creams or anything? I know UV light helps, but trying to find out when exactly this dog could go to his adoptor. They have no other pets but a young child. mean they're contagious for 3 weeks after they "start to heal", as in treatment starting, or as in looking better?

June 24th, 2005, 03:53 PM
The incubation period is 10-14 days. This means that the exposure to the fungus (ringworm) and establishment of infection occurs 10-14 days before any lesions occur.

The infection lasts about three weeks or longer, depending on the case. And that is if it is being treated aggressively. Untreated, it can wreak all manner of hvoc!

And, any antifungal creams need to be applied for several weeks AFTER the clinical signs of infection disappear. If you are concerned about yourself - since you can catch this or transmit it to your pet- it might be something to discuss with your family doctor.

Infected persons should follow these steps to keep the infection from spreading:

Complete treatment as instructed, even after symptoms disappear.
Do not share towels, hats, clothing, or other personal items with others.
Minimize close contact with others until treated.
Make sure the person or animal that was the source of infection gets treated.