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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

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Can children and dogs pass ringworms to each other?

Can children and dogs pass ringworms to each other?

Ring worm: Ringworms are not worms but is a fungus infection located on the skin. The infection can be passed from animal to child and vice versa. See your doctor or your vet if you suspect ringworm infection of the skin. ...Read more

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Does anthrax effect children or the elderly different than healthy adults?

Does anthrax effect children or the elderly different than healthy adults?

Yes : The very young and elderly are typically affected more so and have higher rates of loss of life or prolonged recovery by any serious infection. ...Read more

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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Yes: The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage. The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage. ...Read more

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Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read more

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Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

Are elderly more susceptible to sepsis?

More than whom?: Persons over 65 are more susceptible to infections and to sepsis than younger adults, but not necessarily than children. ...Read more

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Does the plague effect children, the elderly and adults differently?

Does the plague effect children, the elderly and adults differently?

In treatment only: The main source of infection for Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, is by contact with rodents and their fleas. Therefore, children may be more likely to handle rodents or other animals in certain circumstances. Otherwise, the elderly may have a poorer prognosis as in most other illnesses. Tetracyclin, a common treatment, is not suitable for children under 8 years. ...Read more

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Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?

Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?

Many: Older adults will often present with atypical symptoms of high blood sugar. Lethargy, dehydration, confusion. Younger people will present with a high level of acid in their blood(ketosis). Both are very serious and need urgent attention by a health care provider, as they both can result in death if not idnetified and treated early. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read more

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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