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Can body ringworm spread to the scalp? Help please?

Can body ringworm spread to the scalp? Help please?

Maybe: If you scratch the body site, you can load up your fingernails with the fungus and transfer it to your scalp. The process may not be apparent for a while and will have a different appearance in the scalp than it would on regular skin. If established in the scalp, it will take prescription medication to treat it. The fungus gets well-established in the hair root and creams or lotions do not reach it. ...Read more

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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How do I cure my ringworm at home? It has spread to different parts of my body.

How do I cure my ringworm at home? It has spread to different parts of my body.

Terbinafine: If you are certain that you have "ring worm", these are fungal infections that are primarily due to dermatophytes called t. Rubrum. I find that otc terbinafine cream has better coverage for t. Rubrum than clotrimazole, which is best against yeast. ...Read more

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Good morning. I would like to know what causes the ringworm to spread all over the body ?

Good morning. I would like to know what causes the ringworm to spread all over the body
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Ringworm spreading: 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. New lesions can develop when the original patch is scratched or rubbed; the fungus carries to new skin from the fingernails or towel (for example). Rarely, problems with the immune system can cause widespread infection. ...Read more

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What causes ringworm to spread on body? Any treatment for preventing it from happening again?

What causes ringworm to spread on body? Any treatment for preventing it from happening again?

Back to basics: Most people diagnosed with "ringworm" actually have something else. If you TRUELY have tinea corporis, a superficial fungus colonizing your body, then the important question is how did you get it? Do you have a serious disease with impaired immunity? Do you have chronic fungus on your feet? Most often this came from a person or an animal, most often a cat. These answers are the answers to the ques ...Read more

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How quickly does ringworm spread on your body and does it begin as blisters? I have on my entire body today since yesterday

Explanation : Ring warm spreading usually slowly. Exception only in case in immunosuppressive patient, who is on chemo and radiation therapy, or after organ transplant therapy. Otherwise, you need to be seen by doctor for diagnosis. Most likely this is other condition. ...Read more

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If u have body ringworm. Could it be in my scalp since it's on my wrist and hands? I'm worried I spread it to my scalp.

It could be: Ringworm on the scalp often looks similar to that on the body. If you're fair skinned it may look slightly red, round, slightly raised on the outside perimeter & clearer/flatter in the center. It can sometimes scale and may itch. The treatment is different for the scalp, though, requiring Rx oral anti-fungal medication instead of topical creams. ...Read more

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Can ringworm of the body be cured?

Can ringworm of the body be cured?

Part 2: This is a representative photo of tinea corporis ("ring worm") that is usually easily treated. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread ringworm?

How easy is it to spread ringworm?

Rash: It is some. You have to be skin to skin contact or use contaminated brush or comb to get it. ...Read more

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Right now I have ringworm and I touched the sores. Can I spread it?

Can cause.: But good hand hygeine, proper paring of the nails so that the fungal spores /hyphae underneath the nails don't get spread to other areas. Proper hand hygeine, especially after touching the affected area, and avoiding scratching of the infected areas with pens/pencils as we can transmit infections to other places by using the same pen/pencil without properly cleaning them(fomites-sources of infection. ...Read more

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How do I stop ringworm from spreading on my body while I'm treating some.

Tea tree oil: Use tea tree oil soap. Do not share towels. Wash hands. Put ointment or whatever you are using to treat existing spots on any new ones that appear. ...Read more

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My sister has a ringworm and she sat in my car in the passenger seat. Can it spread there?

My sister has a ringworm and she sat in my car in the passenger seat. Can it spread there?

It is unlikely.: Ringworm is a fungal infection, that is spread by skin to skin contact and sometimes via surface contact, such as wrestling mats. If she had clothing on over the rash, she can not spread it through the clothing to the seat. If the area of the rash was in direct contact with the seat, you can clean it off and/or don't immediately sit there with exposed skin. Once she is treated, she is not contagious. ...Read more

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I have a large area of ringworm in my body and it continously spreading, how can I cure it?

See below: Large continuously spreading rashes really aren't consistent with ringworm. See your doctor to verify your diagnosis. ...Read more

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I got bit by a bug 3 weeks ago and the bite is still there. It almost looks like ringworm but it doesn't itch or spread. What could it be?

I got bit by a bug 3 weeks ago and the bite is still there. It almost looks like ringworm but it doesn't itch or spread. What could it be?

Maybe a tick bite: If this is the case, you may be experiencing what is called an "erythema migrans". I recommend seeing your doctor or else get referred to either a dermatologist or an ID specialist. Depending on the geographic location, the rash may represent certain tick borne infections such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Human Granulocytic Erlichiosis, Human Monocytic Erlichiosis and several others. ...Read more

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I have ringworm and I am taking sopranox, how long before it starts to clear up? What will it start to look like when it heals? Can it still spread?

Complete eradication: Various tenea sp of fungus cause 'ringworm' ring like appearance due to central healing and peripheral spreading is difficult to eradicate without rx strength medication, you may be spreading from one spot to other, or still getting transmitted from same person, same pet, same dirt. You have to see a dermatologist for complete eradication and cure and prevent the source. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ringworm of the body?

Terbinafine: This is now cheap and very safe. Also consider why you have it. You may have an immune deficiency. You may have contacted an infected person or animal. Usual dose is 250 mg pill once a day for 10 days. ...Read more

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Can kissing really spread ringworm?

Only if its on lips: Ringworm is a spread by skin to skin contact or from contact with an animal that has it. The only way to spread ringworm by kissing is the ringworm lesion is on your lips. ...Read more

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How do you prevent the spread of tineal ringworm?

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. ...Read more

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I have red patches on my body but itÂ’s not ringworm?

Need pic: Please send photo of rash to assist with diagnosis ...Read more

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How to remove ringworm to my entire body. What creams can I use?

See a dermatologist: Begin with a correct diagnosis. "Ringworm" is not a diagnosis. If you actually have fungus on your entire body----very unlikely------you need to find out how & why this happened. Then your dr will treat you. ...Read more

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I think I have ringworm not sure itz lots of patches on my skin and has spread and some patches are scabbi. G up and now ichy what can I do?

Ringworm vrs other: Check this site with pictures http://www.Pennmedicine. Org/encyclopedia/em_printarticle. Aspx? Gcid=001439&ptid=1. If you have some certainty what u have is tinea (ringworm) you may try antifungals for athletes foot.(lamisl or lotrimin (clotrimazole) antifungal cream) it may take more than one month to really notice some improvement. If you have too many lesions you may need pills to treat it. In doubt go to dr. ...Read more

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Can ringworm spread to the vulva?

Can ringworm spread to the vulva?

Yes.: Ringworm (which is actually a fungus infection, and has nothing to do with "worms") can certainly spread to the groin area. Many people call that form of ringworm "jock itch". ...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


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