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how long does ringworm take to heal with prescribed medication? what exactly is ringworm?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
2 weeks: Ringworm is a commonly used term for dermatophytosis, a fungal infection of the skin. It takes about 1-2 weeks to heal, but i recommend a 2 week course of treatment to prevent recurrence or incomplete resolution. I recommend apply topical cream to the affected areas and 1 inch into the normal skin once to twice daily depending the drug used.
Answered on Mar 23, 2019
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Dr. Thomas Rohde
35 years experience General Practice
Fungal infection: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. If a cream is used that the fungus is susceptible to then on average 2-3 weeks of treatment will "cure" most ringworm. Obviously a larger area or underlying disease like diabetes slows treatment progress as sugar is a good "food". Please treat the area for at least a week after any visible sign of the lesion has disappeared to prevent recurrence.
Answered on Jul 18, 2017
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