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Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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What to do if I have "black-dot ringworm"/tinea capitis?

What to do if I have "black-dot ringworm"/tinea capitis?

Tinea capitis: Tinea capitis is caused by a fungal infection of the scalp/roots of the hair. There are a number of different 'germs' that can do this. A doctor should be able to guide therapy, since there are a few different antifungal treatments available. If possible, the doc should figure out the species of fungus, see how much inflammation there is, and try to tailor the therapy. Hope you can see a doctor. ...Read more

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Ringworm (tinea) (Tip)

You can spread ringworm from one body part to another. ...See more

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Will my hair grow back after ringworm tinea capitis ?

It should: But may be slow in return compared to growing out a short haircut. ...Read more

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What causes jock itch/athletes foot/ringworm/tinea?

What causes jock itch/athletes foot/ringworm/tinea?

Dermatophytes: Jock itch and athletes foot are caused by fungi called dermatophytes. They are normal inhabitants of our skin. If conditions such as moisture and warmth are excessive these dermatophytes grow , thrive and cause fungal infections. These fungal infections can spread from body part to body part and even from person to person. Keep the areas dry and clean. If you get an infection there are otc meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Ringworm (tinea) (Tip)

Itchy raised and red, scaly circular border, you might have ringworm. ...See more

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I have ringworm & tinea versicolor. In addition to using scrip Nizoral (ketoconazole 2%) as a body wash, can I apply Lotrimin on affected area after?

I have ringworm & tinea versicolor. In addition to using scrip Nizoral (ketoconazole 2%) as a body wash, can I apply Lotrimin on affected area after?

Yes: Follow OTC directions on box or a doctors prescriptions for best outcome. You can always do your own thing with OTC pharmacy meds. They are safe to use. The pharmacist can guide you if you get stuck. ...Read more

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Can handling or eating mushrooms give you fungus infections like ringworm or tinea?

Can handling or eating mushrooms give you fungus infections like ringworm or tinea?

Absolutely not!: While both mushrooms and ringworm are called fungus, they at very different indeed. Ringworm or tinea are consider dermatophytes which means they are fungus that only grow on skin cells. So no, mushrooms will not give you ringworm. ...Read more

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Ringworm (tinea) (Tip)

Not caused by a worm. Ring shaped. May fluoresce upon shining a special light on it helping to diag. ...See more

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Is Tinea/ringworm on back of neck contagious?? My husband has it and I apply his anti-fungal cream.... How can I protect myself?

Is Tinea/ringworm on back of neck contagious?? My husband has it and I apply his anti-fungal cream.... How can I protect myself?

Wash hands: Ring worm is not that contagious. You were exposed to it before your husband realized that he had ringworm. Wash your hands with soap after you apply the cream. ...Read more

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Ringworm (tinea) (Tip)

It is so contagious you must use a towel once and wash it right away and not share it! ...See more

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What are some over-the-counter treatments for tinea capitis (ringworm of scalp)?

Stubborn...: Unfortunately, the skin of the scalp is particularly stubborn and most of the time requires oral medication for weeks to months to clear up tinea. It is best to see you doctor or a dermatologist to MAP out a care plan, as the treatment can have side effects, especially on your liver. Wish i had better news, but you are likely wasting time and money using over-the-counter meds for this. ...Read more

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Is tinea the fungus that causes ringworm a mold or yeast?

Is tinea the fungus that causes ringworm a mold or yeast?

Fungus: Multiple species of tinea fungus cause infections known as ringworm and may vary depending on the part of the body affected. They feed on keratin and can be fairly contagious. Estimated that 20% of the population may have some type of fungal infection, and can be transmitted to and from pets as well. Multiple treatments both topical and oral available once correct diagnosis made. ...Read more

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Ringworm, athletes foot, or jock itch are the same kind of tinea infection?

Ringworm, athletes foot, or jock itch are the same kind of tinea infection?

Yes: All are superficial fungal infections that thrive in the dead cells that cover and protect the skin. Different species of fungus can cause the same or different nuisance illnesses, but all are easy to manage with today's topical medications. ...Read more

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Rash under armpit a on stomach. Some look like rings so urgent care said ringworm. But others are just bumps. Does tinea not just look like rings?

Rash under armpit a on stomach. Some look like rings so urgent care said ringworm. But others are just bumps. Does tinea not just look like rings?

Ringworm: Sweating from activities under the arm are common. You can apply clotrimazole cr 1% (Lotrimin cr used for athlete's feet) OTC. Also for itching can apply OTC hydrocortisone 1% 2x/d until rash gone. Keep pat dry. Ringworm classical can be circumscribed but other itchy/scaly patches can occur with yeast/fungus. ...Read more

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What is an efficient way to treat the infection of ringworm (dermatophytosis)?

What is an efficient way to treat the infection of ringworm (dermatophytosis)?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals, and covering with a bandage can help prevent spread to self and others. ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A highly contagious, fungal infection of ...Read more