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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 does it look like to have ringworm on the face?

What does it look like to have ringworm on the face?

Variable, but...: Usually ringworm on the face will be red and inflamed with an outer raised rim of mild scale. Sometimes the center will be relatively clear but often red and scaly. A skin scraping by your doctor can be very useful in making the diagnosis. It doesn't hurt and is very easy to do. Certainly have this looked at. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ringworm on face, please help me!?

What to do if I have ringworm on face, please help me!?

Treatment: Topical antifungal medications are usually fine for mild skin infections. More severe infections may require several weeks of of oral antifungal medications. ...Read more

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Touched door and chair of someone with ringworm then I touched my face will I catch it?

Touched door and chair of someone with ringworm then I touched my face will I catch it?

Ringworm: Probably not. While ringworm can be transmitted by inanimate objects, the patient with the infection would have had to rub the rash itself on the chair or door and you would have had to touch those spots. Typically, ringworm is transmitted on a hat or moist athletic shoes that were previously worn by someone with ringworm on the head or foot. ...Read more

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Why is ringworm on my face spreading to other areas on my face?

See a dermatologist: "ringworm" is not a medical diagnosis. Do you have fungus infection, impetigo, dermatitis, or something else? The treatment for each of these is different. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm on child's face?

How to treat ringworm on child's face?

Antifungal cream: Ringworm is not a worm at all, but a fungal infection, the same fungus that causes athletes foot and jock-itch. There are a number of antifungal creams that are safe to use on the face. Two tips, though. First, make sure to treat beyond the edge of the lesion - the fungus usually extends about a 1/2 inch past the edge. Second, be patient. It usually takes 4-6 weeks of continued use to clear up. ...Read more

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What does ringworm on the face look like when it's healing?

What does ringworm on the face look like when it's healing?

Skin gets lighter: While the skin is healing after a fungal infection, as the redness goes away the skin may be lighter than the rest of your normal skin. Protected from the sun with a sunscreen and with time your normal pigment will return. ...Read more

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I seem to have ringworm on my face. It has been several months I've noticed symptoms. What do I do?! It's embarassing

I seem to have ringworm on my face. It has been several months I've noticed symptoms. What do I do?! It's embarassing

If it's ringworm,: Which is a fungal infection, you can try treating it with Lotrimin (clotrimazole) AF 2x/day for a week. However, there is a type of eczema that looks similar, and the treatment is different. I would recommend seeing your doctor or a dermatologist to be sure of the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have ringworm on my face, but no one else I've been in physical contact with, including my boyfriend who sleeps with me every night, has it?

Have dr see it: Since you don't have a picture of it here, it is hard to tell if in fact it is ringworm. Have your doctor look at it. If the doc agrees, it will be treated. There are other reasons for rashes that resemble ringworm and its best to have your doctor see it. Best to you ...Read more

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How to cure a ringworm spot on a 7 year old child's face in 3 days?

How to cure a ringworm spot on a 7 year old child's face in 3 days?

Ringworm: Topical application of Clotrimazole (lotrimin af sold in foot care section of most grocery stores) 2-3x's per day till the lesion is totally resolved works very well. Lamisil (terbinafine) works well also. Lesions usually clear slowly over a week or two if well established. Hair/nail involvement willl not respond to topical therapy. ...Read more

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Ringworm on face, what is fastest way to get rid of it? Please help!

Ringworm on face, what is fastest way to get rid of it? Please help!

see a dermatologist: Ringworm infections require antibiotics. Local applications witha specific cream. It is best to go see a family doctor or a dermatologist for further treatment. ...Read more

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Face infection with a bad fungus; or is it ringworm?

Face infection with a bad fungus; or is it ringworm?

Could be: I can't tell without seeing it. See your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a ringworm on my face that not going away but today I started using micospec with miconalzole nitrate 2%.Would that work and how long would it?

Probably.: If you have not done so already, see a dermatologist. Miconazole is a relatively effective anti fungal, but some fungi have become resistant to it. You may require a prescription antifungal. Topical antifungals usually require about 2 weeks to show improvement and should be continued until the rash is completely gone. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you thought this looked like ringworm? I have three areas in question...one on my face and one on the back of each upper arm.

I was wondering if you thought this looked like ringworm? I have three areas in question...one on my face and one on the back of each upper arm.

Request consult: By requesting a formal consult, you will be able to video consult or download pictures for a more complete evaluation and answer. We are unable to view records or pictures in this forum. Hope we can help you soon! ...Read more

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I am using nizral cream for ringworm on face but whenever I wash the cream the ringworm becomes red and there is a burning sensation & still no effect?

Answer: Stinging and burning at the application site is a side effect in up to 10% of people using Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream, and the face is particularly susceptible to this side effect, as the skin is more sensitive than other areas of the body. Would consider using another type of antifungal medication, or obtaining a second opinion on whether or not the rash is actually ringworm. ...Read more

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I think my son has ringworm and now I have a small one on my face. Can you prescribe medication. We have been already using lotrimin (clotrimazole) but need stronger?

Two issues: The public HT site does not offer diagnosis and or treatment. If you can find a HT prime doc that will accept you, some of those services are possible. Read the site info. If your assumption is correct, lotrimin (clotrimazole) applied twice a day is adequate for ringworm, but may require more than a week to see any change. Treatments for ringworm will not help a skin problem caused by something else. ...Read more

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Can ringworm cause bumps on the face? Skin-color no puss not itchy just ugly

Yes: Ringworm on the face is known as the "great masquerader" so yes it can cause bumps, round scaly patches, pustules and more. Tinea faciale (ring worm) often itches or burns but can be asymptomatic. Consider visiting with a dermatologist to make sure it is not something else that will not respond to anti fungal therapy. ...Read more

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I have a ringworm problem hello, I've had ringworms on my body since may 2011. I had to on my arm but they both wnent away. Then a few months ago I got it on my neck, and the one on my arm came back. Now im getting them on my face. I went to the doctors a

I have a ringworm problem hello, I've had ringworms on my body since may 2011. I had to on my arm but they both wnent away. Then a few months ago I got it on my neck, and the one on my arm came back. Now im getting them on my face. I went to the doctors a

Hello,: Hello, since your rash has been recalcitrant, I thought I would ask if you doctor has done a scraping of the lesion to look at under the microscope or if he sent a sample of it to the lab for testing. Is the doctor who has treated you a general physician or a dermatologist? Have you been to the dominican republic or other areas outside of the us since the period just prior to developing the rash? When you treated the rash with a cream, did you apply it for a least a couple of weeks? Did you extend the cream an inch beyond the visible rash? Have you cleaned your bed linens, the clothes you have worn and your towels in hot water in a washing machine? One of these things might be a clue. However, if you are a world traveler, especially to tropical areas there is a possibility that this could be a parasite, possibly one that we don't commonly see in this country. ...Read more

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Had ringworm used prescription meds now the small spot on my jaw covers whole side of face an no longer looks like ringworm any ideas?

Inflammation of Face: Presuming the ringworm has been treated. The residual redness can be due to an irritant or allergic reaction from the topical medication you used to treat the ringworm or residual inflammation from the ringworm itself. The treatment would be a prescription cortisone like Cloderm or Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) lotion. Another possibility is that the ringworm has spread because the medication not effective. ...Read more

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problem has been going on for 3 months - just started symptoms of ringworm on face and have been taking oral and cream- also eyebrow acne not healing / and painful?

It is difficult to: Properly diagnose and treat skin issues over the internet since we cannot see the areas of concern. What you think is ringworm may be something else. It would be best to see a health care provider (preferably a dermatologist) for an evaluation and appropriate treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Will a Monistat 3 day or 7 day treatment from the store kill ringworm on arm and face that has been persistent for 4 months?

Maybe: If it is miconazole topical cream, you can use on ringworm twice a day for two weeks. If it doesn't work, see your doctor (not all monistat has miconazole ...Read more

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The ringworm on my face is now becoming very dry and flaky, I've been taking sporanox, and using Lamisil (terbinafine) cream does this mean its healing?

The ringworm on my face is now becoming very dry and flaky, I've been taking sporanox, and using Lamisil (terbinafine) cream does this mean its healing?

Most likely!: These common skin fungal infections can take a while to completely remove from the skin, so continue as your family doc or dermatologist have recommended. "ringworm" is one lay term for tinea capitis (cradle cap), tinea corporis (ringworm), tinea cruris (jock itch), tinea pedis (athlete's foot), etc., all the same skin fungus in different areas. Keep clean, dry, and use your meds as prescribed! ...Read more

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I have a rash that looks like ringworm on my face by my nose but I've been treating it with sporanox (itraconazole) but it's not going away...what else could it be?

I have a rash that looks like ringworm on my face by my nose but I've been treating it with sporanox (itraconazole) but it's not going away...what else could it be?

See a drmatologist: Stop Sporanox (itraconazole). You probably do not have a fungus on your face. If you did, this would not be preferred treatment. Start with a diagnosis by a skin specialist, then you will probably receive effective therapy. ...Read more

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How do I stop ringworm from spreading? I think I got it from my cat and no matter how much I try and how much I do, it's spreading. It started under my arm now it's on my arm, face, hands.... It's awful. Using an anti-fungal cream as well.

How do I stop ringworm from spreading? I think I got it from my cat and no matter how much I try and how much I do, it's spreading. It started under my arm now it's on my arm, face, hands.... It's awful. Using an anti-fungal cream as well.

Fugal o r bacteria: Odd to spread so fast and far. Could it be bacteria? Might need antibiotis. If it's ringworm might have to add an oral dose to topical cream for 2-3 weeks to knock it. Get a doctor to confirm diagnosis and pick best meds. I use both topical and pill in aggressive or advanced cases. If you can send clt. Ose-up focused shot. Should help. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son is 2 months old & diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis. Does it cause acne/ringworm like rashes on face?

My son is 2 months old & diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis. Does it cause acne/ringworm like rashes on face?

Hard to say: Tuberous sclerosis complex (tsc) can cause certain skin conditions, such as angiokeratomas, which can look like acne. With such an important diagnosis as tsc, you must have already seen a number of specialists - ask your pediatrician if she thinks a visit to a pediatric dermatologist might be helpful. The tuberous sclerosis alliance website (www. Tsalliance. Org) has excellent information. ...Read more

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I got dermatophytosis (ringworm) from adopting a kitten, can the spores go into my lungs? Or nostrils? I can only see it in my face and arms.

I got dermatophytosis (ringworm) from adopting a kitten, can the spores go into my lungs? Or nostrils? I can only see it in my face and arms.

No: You did a good thing to adopt the kitten. The fungi that cause ringworm cannot affect the deeper tissues of the body. They don't like the warm temperature and they are easily destroyed by the immune system if they pass deeper than the dead layer of the skin. ...Read more

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I have 6+ various scaly red patches of skin on my chest, arms, neck and face. All of them are different sizes but don't itch, or burn. Ringworm?

I have 6+ various scaly red patches of skin on my chest, arms, neck and face. All of them are different sizes but don't itch, or burn. Ringworm?

Unlikely: Ringworm seldom affects multiple patches of skin. Psoriasis is a more likely possibility. Regardless, you need a diagnosis and treatment plan which only a health care professional can provide you. Please see a doctor! ...Read more

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Is it okay to use ketoconazole for ringworms on my face?

Is it okay to use ketoconazole for ringworms on my face?

Ringworm: Yes, Ketoconazole topical treatment is safe to use on the face two times a day for a week. If there is no improvement, however, after 48 hours, you should have the rash seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Wat is ringworm?

Ringworm: Ringworm is the common or lay term for a common superficial infection of the skin caused by a fungus (actually several types of fungus). It's name comes from the fact that the fungus tends to cause a circular patch of scaling scan with a slightly raised and redder border making it look like a ring. It can be treated with ordinary otc anti-fungal medications. ...Read more

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What cures ringworm?

Antifungal Meds: Without a prescription, I would recommend lamisil, (terbinafine) however, it can still take a week or more of treatment. If that does not work, or it is widespread, you may need prescription medication. Of course, you should be sure that you are treating ringworm and not some other rash or infection. Proper treatment requires a proper diadnosis. ...Read more

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What causes ringworm?

A fungus: The most common cause is a fungus called trichophyton tonsurans. ...Read more

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How to cure ringworm?

Antifungal med: Ringworm is a skin infection secondary to fungus. Medications such as Miconazole applied to the area as directed on the package should be successful. These medications, creams and lotions, are usually in the "foot" section of a pharmacy or grocery store. You should be certain of what you are treating and if it does not improve with treatment see your pcp. ...Read more

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What's test 4 ringworm?

Micro exam, culture: Most of the time a dermatologist can diagnosis ringworm on visual exam alone. However, a microscopic exam (koh) or fungal culture (dtm) can be used to confirm the diagnosis. ...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