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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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Does nail polish cures ringworm on finger nails? Please, need some answers?

Does nail polish cures ringworm on finger nails? Please, need some answers?

No: Fungal infection of the nails requires several weeks of oral antifungal treatment as topical methods will not penetrate deeply enough. Read more

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Will clear nail polish kill ringworm. Doctor has tried everything?

Will clear nail polish kill ringworm. Doctor has tried everything?

Nail polish: Nail fungus is difficult to eradicate. It may take months depending on its severity. I don't think clear nail polish will do much. See a dermatologist for help Read more

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Can detol (liquid) cure the ringworm?

Can detol (liquid) cure the ringworm?

No: In India you can get the anti fungal ointment from the pharmacist. No need to see a doctor. You can try tea tree oil also. Read more

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Can bactroban (mupirocin) topical cure ringworm?

No: True ringworm is caused by a fungal infection. Bactroban (mupirocin) is a topical antibiotic that works well for bacterial infections, but is not helpful for fungal infections. You can try over the counter Miconazole products, but may need to see your dermatologist for a prescription anti fungal. Read more

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Can Lamisil (terbinafine) clear ringworm in a week?

Can Lamisil (terbinafine) clear ringworm in a week?

No: The lesion may clear but the infecting organism is still present so the lesion will return if not tx'd appropriately. Best to treat for an additional week. Apply topical to infected and normal skin 2 cm beyond affected area. Hope this helps. Read more

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How long after taking Lamisil (terbinafine) will my ringworm begin to clear up?

If laminal is: Correct treatment it should typically take 2 weeks to clear. If not clear, need to see dermatologist for correct diagnosis and treatment Read more

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My ringworm always coming back at the same place months after being cured. Now again my ringworm cured. How to prevent it from coming. Back?

2 reasons: Fungal spores, which cause the ringworm infection, do not wash out in the laundry and are not killed by the heat of the drier. They live for 30 days. If you don't treat your fungus infection for at least 30 days (despite it clearing up in only a few days with treatment), you're bound to re-infection. We have found there is a genetic predisposition to some fungi, so some ppl just keep getting it. Read more

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Can a man get ringworm on his penis? How can it be cured?

Can a man get ringworm on his penis? How can it be cured?

Yes: Topical anti-fungals. The treatments labeled for jock-itch will work. Read more

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Miconazole cream can it cure ringworm?

Miconazole cream can it cure ringworm?

Yes, if on the skin: Miconazole cream is an anti-fungal medication. It will work well on "ringworm" -a fungal infection of the skin. If the fungal infection is on the scalp, it will require anti-fungal pills. Read more

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I have ringworm and athletes foot. What can I do to cure it?

I have ringworm and athletes foot. What can I do to cure it?

Anti fungal: These are two common names for a fungal infection known as tinea. Tinea can be caused by different funguses. You may try an over the counter anti fungal cream twice a day for 2 wks but if it is not resolving within a week, you should see md for prescription treatment. 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?

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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Will limes cure ringworm?

Home remedy: One home remedy for treating ringworm is to rub the affected area of skin with a slice of lime dipped in salt (over the pulpy portion). Rub in & follow by rinsing. I can not speak to effectiveness of this approach. Read more

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Need a cure for ringworm. What do you recommend?

Ringworm: Topical treatments (creams) are most commonly used for ringworm, or tinea. Brand name prescription antifungals work best--naftin, loprox, (ciclopirox) etc. And usually kill fungus within 2 weeks. Widespread infection occasionally requires oral meds. Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...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