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ring worm, can i use selsun ?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: Selsun works for tinea versicolor, but not tinea corporis (ringworm).

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between ringworm and impetigo?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Impetigo = bacterial: Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection and can spread to other parts of the body or to other people. Treatment is usually with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams (lotrimin (clotrimazole) af). Rashes that don't go away easily, or those that keep returning after treatment, should be evaluated by a doctor. People with diabetes get more fungal infections, and have a harder time getting rid of infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I get ringworm from my pet?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: It is possible to get ringworm (tinea corporis) from both humans and household pets, depending on who has the fungus. Tinea is contagious, but not super contagious to healthy people, so it is hard to predict how much contact with a person or animal it takes for one to get a rash.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is a vaccination available for ringworm?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No vaccine available: Ringworm is a fungal skin infection, often shaped like a circle on the skin. There is no vaccine to prevent it. Treatment with over-the-counter lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream usually works.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Will you get ringworm from swimming?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Not likely: Ringworm or tinea is caused by a fungus known as a dermatophyte. It lives on human and animal skin. It prefers moist areas of skin, but can grow anywhere on the body. It can be acquired by direct contact with infected skin of animals or humans. The dermatophyte does not live in water so it is unlikely that you would get it from swimming.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do you prevent the spread of tineal ringworm?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection (not a worm) which tends to thrive on heat and moisture. Washing then drying the area thoroghly and then applying anti-fungal medications will help to keep the ringworm from speading and eventually heal the skin.

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