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Is Ringworm Ever Deadly
No: Ringworm will not grow at body temperature, which is good. Reptiles (cold-blooded) have been known to die of these fungi. If you were this severely immunocompromised, some other infecton would have carried you off first. By contrast, the acne bacterium occasionally causes deep tissue infections, especially after heart surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Please answer ASAP my daughter is 4 months and has a ringworm can that be deadly? and what can I use to get rid of it?
Easily treated: A ringworm is a type of fungal infection. The characteristic ring it forms with raised red borders may give it it's name. A topical antifungal cream can be applied to the area which will completely treat this skin condition. This is definitely not deadly only bothersome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: "ringworm " is a misleading reference to a fungal infection. It has nothing to do with worms and yes it can be cured. Other than the scalp if it is a limited infection, topical medications otc or by prescription can be very effective. See your pcp or dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
My daughter (5) has ringworm on her legs. Tried lotramin, didn't work. Now on griesofulvin, but it now looks worse than ever. What's going on?
Perhaps not ringworm: Several rashes look similar to one another. The lotrimin cream usually takes about 2 months to work and the griseofulvin may take a week or so. I would contact your doctor to be seen again - they could either start another medicine like fluconazole OR maybe reconsider the diagnosis of ringworm. To diagnose you can scrape off flakes of skin but might be too late. Picture provided ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have severe ringworm and 12 weeks pregnant. Has anyone ever taken oral Lamisil during pregnancy?
Check with OB: Would check with your ob. See how comfortable he or she feels about you taking the medication. ...Read more
Physical contact: Ringworm is a contagious skin infection that is actually caused by a fungus and not by a worm. It is spread by direct contact with an infected person or animal and has also been known to spread by contact with contaminated personal items like towels and sports equipment. See you family doctor or dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis, as well as for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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