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what is the best way to clear up and prevent the spread of ring worms in children? we are treating them with prescription cream but is there a oral medication a ten year old can take? she has multiple ringworms at this time.

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Dr. Javed Hussain
35 years experience Pediatrics
Oral,yes: Ringworm are usually treated with topical antifungal medicine like cream, sprays and gels. There are different types of topical antifungal you can choose from. If they are not working you can use oral medicine like griseofulvin. Discuss it with your doctor.
Answered on Jun 5, 2013
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Would not give PO: Ring worms respond nicely to topical antifungal creams and should be gone in a couple of weeks. Oral antifungals are really not recommended for a few lesions. They are strong meds!
Answered on Apr 25, 2016
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Risk/benefit: Treatment protocols follow a simple rule.The degree of risk should follow the need and only increase when less risky treatments are not available. Since most ringworm responds to a number of topical meds, it is not considered prudent to use of oral meds that could cause liver injury or other side effects.
Answered on Oct 15, 2015

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