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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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How long after a child begins treatment for ringworm rash would he be considered non-contagious?

How long after a child begins treatment for ringworm rash would he be considered non-contagious?

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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Can ringworm stop being contagious with topical treatment?

Can ringworm stop being contagious with topical treatment?

Yes: I generally cover it out of extra caution, but after a day or two of topical therapy its ability to spread is reduced. ...Read more

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Could ringworm still be contagious after treatment has started?

Not after 1 week: Treat with anti fungals cream such as Lamisil (terbinafine) for not less than 3-4 weeks, otherwise they will come back. ...Read more

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How long would ringworm treatment take?

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 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 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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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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Can our immune system fight off ringworm infection on our bodies without getting any treatment? If so, how long? 1-2 months?

Can our immune system fight off ringworm infection on our bodies without getting any treatment? If so, how long? 1-2 months?

Maybe: Ringworm may or may not remit in weeks or months. In the meantime, treatment is utterly banal -- almost any cheap, safe topical fungicide will do the trick in a few days. For the sake of your co-workers, any romantic partners, and yourself -- take care of your ringworm like a 21st century gentleman. ...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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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 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 after using anti fungal cream is ringworm contagious?

How long after using anti fungal cream is ringworm contagious?

use it 2-4wks: Need to use it for 2-4 weeks until rash has completely gone away. If rash persists see your doctor for oral medication. ...Read more

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How long after taking terbinafine 250 mg tablets twice a day is ringworm not contagious?

How long after taking terbinafine 250 mg tablets twice a day is ringworm not contagious?

10 days or less: The skin turns over all its outer cells every `10 days. Finger nails are renewed in 6 months, toenails in 12 months. Why are you taking a double dose? ...Read more

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Hi. How long after being on clotrimazole does it take to get rid of ringworm and how long until it stops being contagious?

Varies: Ringworm treatment will vary from person to person and depend on how bad it is. If it is not improving with topical cream you probably needed to be seen and discuss oral medication. ...Read more

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How long is someone with ringworm contagious for? (# days prior and after skin rash symptoms) What need to do to prevent transfer to others

How long is someone with ringworm contagious for? (# days prior and after skin rash symptoms) What need to do to prevent transfer to others

Good hygiene: And use of antifungal creams will keep you from being contagious I think 2 to 3 days of twice daily applications of cream will get you "non contagious" but continue treatment for 7 to 10 days ...Read more

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How long is scabies contagious after the start of treatment?

Problem is Scabies: Can be transmitted indirectly as well as directly. Thus- it can be the gift that keeps on giving. Scabies can take effort to get rid of. 1st, you &all members of family need to be treated. Ivermectin is effective for treating scabies (oral or topical). 2nd, you’ll have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding &towels you have come in contact w. Some things like pillows can’t go in >. ...Read more

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How long does a pinkeye remain contagious after treatment?

How long does a pinkeye remain contagious after treatment?

Usually 48 hours: The most critical time is the first 48 hours after treatment, but the answer can vary based on continued symptoms or discharge. Use precautions until all symptoms are resolved. Remember to avoid contact lens use during this period also. ...Read more

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With creme treatment how long does ringworn take to go away?

Fungus treatment: Topical antifungals are usually curative in 10-14 days, sometimes longer depending on the frequency and consistency of application of the cream. Fungal infections of the scalp and nails do not respond to topical medications and require much longer treatment periods with oral medications. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does ringworm look like after 5 weeks of treatment?

Should be cleared up: It should be cleared up after five weeks of treatment. If not improved or resolved it may have been something else or the treatment was not successful. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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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

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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more