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can triamcinolone acetonide cure a ringworm?

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Ringworm: Ringworm is caused by a fungus in the skin. Triamcinolone is a steroid which can reduce redness and itching but does not directly treat the fungus. Sometimes ringworm can resolve on its own, but if getting worse, needs an antifungal.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Dr.Horn is correct. Often steroids will make a fungal infection worse rapidly! Don't use it, use an antifungal cream. If a steroid helps, it usually means that it was annular eczema, which looks like ringworm, and not truly a fungus
Mar 3, 2017
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Dr Rhodes is correct. "Ringworm" is not a medical diagnosis and is usually an erroneous diagnosis.
Mar 6, 2017
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: If anything it would keep the skin soft while ut gets worse.

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