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How long do ringworms generally last?

How long do ringworms generally last?

Many months: Ringworm if untreated may last for months. It is an infection on the skin. Mild cases can be treated with anti-fungal creams. More severe cases will require a prescription. ...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


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How long does ringworm last?

How long does ringworm last?

Ringworm: Ringworm, aka fungus or tinea, can last and can spread until it is effectively treated. It is best to get a prescription for an antifungal to treat it. ...Read more

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My son had a ringworm on his left leg which lasted more than four months and is gone not long thereafter he got one on the right leg and it’s been the?

See below: If it ring worm, it should respond to ointment available at a drug store. It usually has salicylic acid in it. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ringworm/basics/definition/CON-20021104 ...Read more

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For how long can scalp ringworm last without treatment?

For how long can scalp ringworm last without treatment?

The answer is....: a very long time! Untreated fungal infections of the scalp are also prone to superinfection with bacteria, which requires more intensive treatment to improve. Fungal infections of the scalp usually require several weeks of oral anti fungal medications for cure. ...Read more

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Is ringworm a real worm? Pharmacist said it was in my elbow. It burns/stings no itch. Have clotrimazole 1% anti fungal cream. How long last? Worried..

Rinworm: The term ringworm is a misnomer. The term comes from the outer red line that is curvy like a worm. Ringworm is more accurately called Tinea corporis, which describes it as the fungal body infection that it is. ...Read more

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Does ringworm have any long term affects?

Not particulary: You may have an enlarging rash and itching but "long term"? Just don't put up with it long term! not all "ring worm" is ring worm. If you have one, treat it with otc terbenifine (lamisil) for a minimum of 2 weeks. If persistent or unsure, see your pcp or dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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For how long does ringworm live on surfaces?

For how long does ringworm live on surfaces?

Months: Fungi can live on a surface for an extended amount of time but can be eliminated with a dilute clorox solution such as clorox anywhere. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully cure ringworm?

Depends: Feet and groin fungus, weeks, if treatment is effective. Nail fungus, months, if treatment is effective. ...Read more

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How long do you take oral medication for ringworm?

Usually local: Ring worm can generally be treated by local ointment available over the counter. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Approx. How long it takes to show the symptoms of ringworm after an exposure?

Varies: It could appear in as little as a week or slowly after several months. It amy be just a scaling which is not very noticeable depending on type and individual resistance. ...Read more

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I am suffering form ringworm last 8 month near my panty area .please advise for better?

Oral medication: Need to take an oral antifungal medication. Over the counter creams are ok but will be rubbed off by clothing easily in this area. ...Read more

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How long does ringworm take to heal with prescribed medication? What exactly is ringworm?

Fungal infection: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. If a cream is used that the fungus is susceptible to then on average 2-3 weeks of treatment will "cure" most ringworm. Obviously a larger area or underlying disease like diabetes slows treatment progress as sugar is a good "food". Please treat the area for at least a week after any visible sign of the lesion has disappeared to prevent recurrence. ...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 with out 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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How long is ringworm contagious for?

How long is ringworm contagious for?

Long as rash lasts: Ringworm is a fungus infection. It is common and spreads fairly easily. It is contagious for as long as you have the rash on your skin. ...Read more

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How long is ringworm contagious for after a person has it?

How long is ringworm contagious for after a person has it?

Until treated: This superficial dermatitis is produced by a fungus which will remain present and communicable until treated and cured. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ringworm to go away if I use lamasil?

1-2 weeks: If you are using the cream on a mild case of ringworm then it should go away in 1-2 weeks. If you are taking the pills for a more severe case then it will take 2-4 weeks to go away. ...Read more