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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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Are children or the elderly more susceptible to tuberculosis?

Are children or the elderly more susceptible to tuberculosis?

Yes: They have in general a weaker immune system. But everybody can get it given enough exposure. ...Read more

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Should children be allowed to go to school with ringworm?

Should children be allowed to go to school with ringworm?

Ring worm : Before a child goes to school with a fungal infection or "ring worm" , he or she should already be receiving medical treatment in the form or topical or oral medication prescribed by their physician to reduce the likelihood of the condition spreading since it is contagious . Check with your physician and school nurse to obtain their procedures and policies. ...Read more

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Will I be more susceptible to ringworm being on isotrentinoin? Should I avoid touching one who has it?

Will I be more susceptible to ringworm being on isotrentinoin? Should I avoid touching one who has it?

No with reservations: Isotretinoin is an anti-inflammatory not an immunosuppressant, so it does not directly make you more susceptible to ringworm or superficial fungal infections. If it dries you out though, your protective skin barrier can be compromised and make you more prone for surface infections. Use normal precautions for contact with infected people. ...Read more

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What causes recurring ringworm in children?

What causes recurring ringworm in children?

Recurrent tinea: The most common cause of recurring ringworm is not using the topical medication long enough (it should be applied at least 3 days after the lesion is no longer visible). Another consideration would be re-exposure from a source such as playmate or pet. When the treatment becomes difficult with topical medications, oral antifungals may be indicated. They are available by prescription only. ...Read more

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What to do for ringworm in children under the age of 2yrs old?

Topical: Treat it with a topical anti-fungal cream after you have had it checked to make sure it really is ringworm. Pityriasis can look a lot like ringworm so be sure it is before you. treat ...Read more

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Can you explain how someone gets ringworm and what it looks like in the beginning stages? With 2 small children i want to be aware of the signs.

Can you explain how someone gets ringworm and what it looks like in the beginning stages? With 2 small children i want to be aware of the signs.

Direct contact: Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is contagious so children may get it when they come in contact with someone who has it or by sharing towels, linen, or even combs as some children get ringworm of the head after a hair cut. Although circular like a ring, the edges may be raised while the center is pale. In early stages however it may just be a cluster of small papules. ...Read more

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Help please! could children get a scar from ringworm?

Unlikely to happen: Ring worm (skin fungus) involves the superficial skin and rarely if ever would leave any long term skin disruption.If the kid scratches the area and or it becomes secondarioy infected by bacteria, it has more potential for scarring, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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Can nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo be used in a 8 year old children's skin to treat ringworm? If so, how many times a day, how and for how long?

Can nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo be used in a 8 year old children's skin to treat ringworm? If so, how many times a day, how and for how long?

Be certain : You are treating the right condition as other rashes can appear similar to ringworm, such as pityriasis. Have your child's doctor confirm the diagnosis and guide treatment . ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more