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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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Is it true that head & shoulders good for ringworm?

No: Head & shoulders does not contain any anti-fungal medication, which is what ringworm is. You need treatment with an antifungal cream, and if the ringworm is on scalp, you may well need oral anti-fungal medication, as scalp ringworm can be very resistant to topical treatment. ...Read more

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How easily is ringworm passed on to humans from cats? My kitten has it, the internet makes it seem like you'll get it just from being near him. True?

Ringworm contagious: Ringworm is commonly found on kitten and can easily pass to humans as a skin infection. But it is not an absolute that you will get ringworm from the kitten. You can have the vet give medicine to get your cat cured as well. You would have to touch the cat in order to get the infection. ...Read more

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Is it true that you can get a ringworm from dirt?

Ringworn - yes.: Ringworm isn't a worm; it's a fungal infection of the skin that results in a red circular rash with darker red around the edge of it, giving the appearance of a worm. So you don't get "a ringworm"; you get ringworm. And yes, if dirt gets under the skin through a cut or scrape, and contains the ringworm fungus, it can cause ringworm. An antifungal cream should clear up most cases. ...Read more

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Is it true that acne rosacea is incurable?

Is it true that acne rosacea is incurable?

It's manageable: No cure exists. However, it can be treated to avoid the terrible disfigurement that used to be the common outcome. ...Read more

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How do I treat ringworm?

Anti fungals..: Anti fungal creams like clotrimazole can help with this. You can find them over the counter. If despite this treatment you still have symptoms consult your PCP or Dermatology for a accurate evaluation. There are other skin conditions that resemble ringworm and might need other type of treatment. ...Read more

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How can you catch ringworm?

Contagious: Ringworm can be spread from skin to skin contact with another person or with an animal like your cat or dog. It can be spread on combs, brushes, towels, clothes, sheets, etc. ...Read more

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How did my baby get ringworm?

How did my baby get ringworm?

Direct contact: Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. The typical skin lesion of ringworm is round and scaly, and it is itchy. Your baby can get ringworm if he or she touches the lesion in someone who has ringworm, or if they touch a toy or an object or an animal that has the fungus. ...Read more

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How do I tell if it is ringworm?

Ringworm: Symptoms of ringworm include: itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. The patches tend to have sharply-defined edges. Red patches are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may look like a ring. If ringworm affects your hair, you will have bald patches. If ringworm affects your nails, they will become discolored, thick, and even crumble. ...Read more

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Can ringworm of the body be cured?

Can ringworm of the body be cured?

Part 2: This is a representative photo of tinea corporis ("ring worm") that is usually easily treated. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have ringworm?

How can I tell if I have ringworm?

Ringworm: Ringworm on the skin is typically manifested by a red or pinkish discoloration of the skin, often itchy in nature and the area is often elevated above skin level. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread ringworm?

How easy is it to spread ringworm?

Rash: It is some. You have to be skin to skin contact or use contaminated brush or comb to get it. ...Read more

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How to remove persistent ringworm?

How to remove persistent ringworm?

Ringworm: Ringworm is best treated with prescription medications. If you have not used one, please see your doctor. If you have and it is not gone, it needs to be rechecked to make sure it is actually a fungal infection (ringworm). ...Read more

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When should my ringworm disappear?

When should my ringworm  disappear?

Slowly as treated: Topical antifungals may work relatively slowly but are generally quite effective in eradicating what are called "dermatophytes", or fungi which predominantly produce skin infection. This should clear in several weeks. ...Read more

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What should i use to treat ringworm?

If in scalp: You will need oral medicine so you must see your friendly physician for a prescription. Otherwise the cream should work. Ketoconazole is another cream readily available over the counter. Happy healing. ...Read more

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How to remove ringworm in your home?

Disenfect/ clean/ tx: You will need to wash or disinfect things like brushes, combs, towels, pillow cases, sheets, teddy bears, blankets & clothes worn while infected. Treat all infected members. If your furry pets have bald spots they may also need treatment. ...Read more

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What do you do for or put on ringworm?

OTC meds: Tinactin (tolnaftate) is an OTC that is applied twice daily. It should provide improvement within 2 weeks, if not it may not be ringworm. ...Read more

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What does ringworm look and feel like?

Annular: They are typically annular or somewhat circular in shape with a more advanced and prominent border and relatively more clear in the center. They are itchy and overtime can expand outwards. ...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