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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

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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My daughter has ringworm on her shoulder.She was scratching it.Can she spread the ringworm to her mouth/tongue?How long does ringworm last on surfaces

My daughter has ringworm on her shoulder.She was scratching it.Can she spread the ringworm to her mouth/tongue?How long does ringworm last on surfaces

See Your Doctor: Tinea Corporis aka ringworm is a fungal skin infection contracted from humans. animals, inanimate objects (ex, sport equipment). Common in hot, humid climates. Causes round, scaly, red, itchy plaques usually head, neck, extremities, or skin areas in contact with infected source. Treatment with antifungal med is required. Treat affected pets also, cleanse contaminated surfaces. See your doctor now. ...Read more

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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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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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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.
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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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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?

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

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How do I kill ringworm on cloth surfaces?

You don't: You don't need to worry about ringworm on cloth surfaces. Ringworms come from common skin fungi. ...Read more

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How long would ringworm treatment take?

Depends: It really depends on the location and the medication used. ...Read more

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How long does it take for fluconazole to work on ringworm?

How long does it take for fluconazole to work on ringworm?

10 days: The skin turns over in 10 days. If you have a common fungus you probably got it from a kitten (or a cat), or from another person. The best therapy is usually lamisil. The generic terbinafine costs $4 for 10 pills to take 1 a day. You should also get otc an antifungal cream such as Miconazole or clotrimazole. These are cheap and effective. Many skin disorders look like fungus but are not. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is ringworm contagious for agter a person has it?

Docs, usually how long is ringworm contagious for agter a person has it?

A day or two...: ...After starting a good topical antifungal agent, there is little if any chance of spreading the infection to others - assuming, of course, that the antifungal cream is being applied diligently, twice a day. ...Read more

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

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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How long does it take to see improvement once treatment for ringworm is started?

How long does it take to see improvement once treatment for ringworm is started?

Couple of weeks: Ringworm located on the skin can take a few weeks to resolve. May see it start to fade after about a week. Tinea capitis, or ringworm on the head can take 1-2 months to resolve. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to see improvement in ringworm once treatment is started?

Few days: You should notice improvement in just a few days. If it is not improving it may be due to some other skin condition. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ringworm to die after you begin using lamisil (terbinafine)?

How long does it take for ringworm to die after you begin using lamisil (terbinafine)?

Some time: Most ringworm of the skin can be treated at home with creams you can buy otc. The rash may clear up soon after beginning treatment, but it’s important to keep using the cream for the entire recommended course. This will help keep the infection from coming back. If the Lamisil (terbinafine) cream doesn't work, your doctor can prescribe pills that will kill the fungus. ...Read more

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How long should it take for ringworm to disappear when using treatment two-three times daily?

Depends on rx: If you are dealing with a superficial fungal infection and are using a prescription medication, it usually takes 4-6 weeks to completely eradicate it. We do not prescribe over the counter antifungals since they are considerable less effective than prescription ones. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for ringworm to disappear when using treatment two-three times daily?

How long is it supposed to it take for ringworm to disappear when using treatment two-three times daily?

Couple of weeks: Ringworm located on the skin can take a few weeks to resolve. Tinea capitis, or ringworm on the head can take 1-2 months to resolve. ...Read more

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I used liquid silver on ringworm and it is flat now and looks better, but still itchy? How long to heal? I had it for around 4 days

I used liquid silver on ringworm and it is flat now and looks better, but still itchy? How long to heal? I had it for around 4 days

Ringworm: "ringworm" is a term used for a skin fungal infection that is in the shape of a ring or partial ring formation. If the rash is fungal , then the best treatment is the use of a true anti-fungal cream. There are at least two otc creams that could help : lotrimin or lamisil (terbinafine). ...Read more

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How long before antifungal cream eliminates my childs ringworm?

Up to a month: Topical treatment for ringworm generally consists of anti fungal cream applied to the affected area twice daily for up to a month. Once the ringworm is gone, which may occur by the 2nd week, it is advised to continue treatment for an additional week or two to make sure it doesn't return. ...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