FSC has recently been made aware of an increased incidence of ringworm, a common fungal infection also known as “Jock Itch” or “Athlete’s Foot,” among adult performers. While not particularly dangerous, and easily treatable, we ask that talent educate themselves of the signs, symptoms, and treatment to prevent passing it to other performers, partners or family.
What is Ringworm?
“Ringworm” is not a worm at all, but the name of a group of very common fungal infections that affect the skin and nails. The most common symptom is an itchy red rash, which often appears in a circular pattern (which is where the infection gets its name.) “Athlete’s Foot” and “Jock Itch” are common types of ringworm.
How is Ringworm contracted?
The fungus is spread through direct contact with an infected person, pet, or object. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, which is why it commonly affects areas of the body prone to sweat – such as the feet and groin.
While it is highly contagious and there is no way to guarantee prevention, maintaining strict hygiene practices can help reduce the risk. Showering with soap immediately after a scene (and then thoroughly drying off) may help with prevention.
How is it treated?
Ringworm is very treatable, and can usually be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications available at your local pharmacy. With consistent use, infections typically clear up within two to four weeks.
Persistent and/or severe infections, or infections on the head/scalp, may require prescription medication accessible from your healthcare provider.
You should contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your infection gets worse or doesn’t go away after using non-prescription medications.
- You or your child has ringworm on the scalp. Ringworm on the scalp needs to be treated with prescription antifungal medication.
If you suspect you may have ringworm, please seek treatment immediately.
Published December 7, 2017