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I've been taking sopranox for 4 days and using Lamisil (terbinafine) cream for 5 days, how come my ringworm is still spreading?

I've been taking sopranox for 4 days and using Lamisil (terbinafine) cream for 5 days, how come my ringworm is still spreading?

Is really ringworm?: Is it really ringworm? I don't want to doubt your doc's expertise, but skin conditions are frequently misdiagnosed. Although, it may be a little too early to expect major improvement from the treatment you're getting for your "ringworm", at least I would not expect it to be spreading. ...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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The ringworm on my face is now becoming very dry and flaky, I've been taking sporanox, and using Lamisil (terbinafine) cream does this mean its healing?

The ringworm on my face is now becoming very dry and flaky, I've been taking sporanox, and using Lamisil (terbinafine) cream does this mean its healing?

Most likely!: These common skin fungal infections can take a while to completely remove from the skin, so continue as your family doc or dermatologist have recommended. "ringworm" is one lay term for tinea capitis (cradle cap), tinea corporis (ringworm), tinea cruris (jock itch), tinea pedis (athlete's foot), etc., all the same skin fungus in different areas. Keep clean, dry, and use your meds as prescribed! ...Read more

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I have a ringworm I think, had it for 4 weeks now, creams don't work, getting worse and bigger, on top of right hand - ketazol / lamisil and selsun used so far?

I have a ringworm I think, had it for 4 weeks now, creams don't work, getting worse and bigger, on top of right hand - ketazol / lamisil and selsun used so far?

Not ringworm: If it is not responding to lamisil applied twice daily for 2 wks then it is probably not ringworm, and you should have it checked by your Dr. Other conditions can look similar to ringworm, like nummular eczema, contact dermatitis, bacterial infections etc. Your Dr or dermatologist would be able to help determine which treatment would work best.
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My son has ringworm on his forehead this is the third day of treatment with lamisil (terbinafine) cream and it looks like a brownish scab with red around the edges it it healing?

My son has ringworm on his forehead this is the third day of treatment with lamisil (terbinafine) cream and it looks like a brownish scab with red around the edges it it healing?

Continue treatment: The fungus that causes ringworm can be stubborn, so continue to use the Lamisil (terbinafine) ointment until the lesion disappears and then a couple of days after you don't see it anymore. If you think that it isn't getting better, have a doctor re-evaluate, because other rashes can mimic ringworm. Hopefully your doctor took some skin scrapings to confirm that it is ringworm. Good luck! ...Read more

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What really makes ringworm go away? I've tried everything, clotrimazole, tolnaftate, miconazole nitrate creams & terbinafine HCl pills & its still here

Lamisil/Hydrocortiso: Use Lamisil (terbinafine) and apply to infected and normal skin 2 cm beyond affected area
each day for a period of one month. The first week pair this with Hydrocortisone 1% daily. If this fails to resolve the problem then best to be seen to consider other causes. You may need an oral antifungal if the topical regimen fails and the lesion is determined to truly be ringworm. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hello, I noticed I had ringworm starting a week ago. I've been using lamisil and that spot is almost completely gone, however, new spots keep poping up and I now have 6 total spots in treating. After applying lamisil I have been covering the area with a

Hello, I noticed I had ringworm starting a week ago. I've been using lamisil and that spot is almost completely gone, however, new spots keep poping up and I now have 6 total spots in treating. After applying lamisil I have been covering the area with a

RINGWORM?: ARE YOU SURE ITS RINGWORM?
DID YOU SEE A DOCTOR FOR IT, OR DID YOU, YOURSELF, MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS?
MANY RASHES LOOK LIKE RINGWORM.
DO CONSULT WITH A DERMATOLOGIST TO MAKE THE PROPER DIAGNOSIS.
BEST LUCK TO YOU. ...Read more

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Can Lamisil (terbinafine) clear ringworm in a week?

No: The lesion may clear but the infecting organism is still present so the lesion will return if not tx'd appropriately. Best to treat for an additional week. Apply topical to infected and normal skin 2 cm beyond affected area. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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 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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If you use Lamisil (terbinafine) on ringworm but it turns out not being ringworm, what could happen?

Nothing: If the rash is fungal in origin and the Lamisil (terbinafine) is not effectiv., it will just not get better. ...Read more

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What recreational drugs should not be taken while taking lamisil? I am taking Lamisil as prescribed for ringworm, 250mg once a day for 2 weeks. Which recreational drugs (besides alcohol) cannot be taken while taking lamisil? Specifically cocaine. Thank yo

What recreational drugs should not be taken while taking lamisil? I am taking Lamisil as prescribed for ringworm, 250mg once a day for 2 weeks. Which recreational drugs (besides alcohol) cannot be taken while taking lamisil? Specifically cocaine. Thank yo

Avoidance: I don't think there are a recreational drugs. Such drugs are dealing with the deeper problem. Millions of people take recreational drugs. That's just to say we all have problems. Positions need to point in the direction of this type of avoidance. We want to solve our problems not avoid them. I'm sorry I can't directly answer your question. You might address your treating physician. ...Read more

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Hi! I am experiencing mild pain and discomfort in my lower abdomin. I have recently been diagnosed with ringworm and am taking lamisil (terbinafine). Bladder maybe?

Hi! I am experiencing mild pain and discomfort in my lower abdomin. I have recently been diagnosed with ringworm and am taking lamisil (terbinafine). Bladder maybe?

Abdominal pain: Lower abdominal pain in male can be caused by muscle strain if you are working out abs, constipation, colitis, less likely bladder infection since man don't get bladder infection as often as woman do. If above mentioned causes do not make sense see a doctor. ...Read more

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Severe ringworm and 12 weeks pregnant. Can I take oral Lamisil (terbinafine) during pregnancy?

Good question!: First, make sure of the diagnosis of ringworm. Next, make sure you are not able to use a topical cream or ointment to treat this. Lamasil is "probably" safe in the second and third trimesters but why take the chance if a less "toxic" approach can be made. First, make sure of the diagnosis. If in doubt, check your your obstetrician and with your pcp. Perhaps a dermatologist may weigh in? ...Read more

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I have severe ringworm and 12 weeks pregnant. Has anyone ever taken oral Lamisil (terbinafine) during pregnancy?

Check with OB: Would check with your ob. See how comfortable he or she feels about you taking the medication. ...Read more

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What is the next treatment for a 3 month old baby's ringworm after using Lamisil and tinactin (tolnaftate) with no relief after 2 weeks?

Need to be seen: Doubt it is ringworm. Stop using the creams and f/u with a physician if the rash is not gone in 10 days. I am assuming that the child is fine otherwise. ...Read more

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I got a ringworm itching on the back of my neck a year ago, I've tried everything and it just keep flaring up, I've used Lamisil, (terbinafine) tea tree oil. Help!

Time to see doctor: It may not be ringworm. It is not feasible to say what it may be without examining the lesion. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is lotrimin as strong as lamisil (terbinafine) in treating ringworm? And is it ok to use lotrimin 1% on my 4mo old baby. It looks like she has it on her stomach.

Is lotrimin as strong as lamisil (terbinafine) in treating ringworm? And is it ok to use lotrimin 1% on my 4mo old baby. It looks like she has it on her stomach.

Yes&yes but only if: Lotrimin is an over-the-counter brand of clotrimazole which is an antifungal. While Lotrimin doesn't have specific adult vs pediatric guidelines, clotrimazole is approved for use in children. However, it's best to have your infant evaluated to confirm your suspicions. Lamisil is an OTC brand of terbinafine which is also an antifungal but only approved topically for children older than 12yo. ...Read more

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Lamisil (terbinafine) pills safe for 13 yr old child who has past history of ITP? Has ringworm spot on leg. Very concerned, lamisil (terbinafine) creme be better option maybe?

Lamisil (terbinafine) pills safe for 13 yr old child who has past history of ITP? Has ringworm spot on leg. Very concerned, lamisil (terbinafine) creme be better option maybe?

Yes: If you are concerned and there is a single spot, the cream would an effective, non-stressful way of treating the infection without the risk of thrombocytopenia--which can occur with the oral form. ...Read more

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My daughter has a rash in between her fingers where the finger connects to the next finger/hand. Lamisil (terbinafine) isn't working so is this not a ringworm?

My daughter has a rash in between her fingers where the finger connects to the next finger/hand. Lamisil (terbinafine) isn't working so is this not a ringworm?

Maybe: Ringworm/fungal infection is occasionally found between fingers and toes. This could be a fungal infection that is resistant to lamisil (terbinafine). However, eczema can also imitate fungal infection, and cause redness and peeling and itching. You may want your doctor to take a fine scraping of rash and send to lab for microscopy before further treatment. You can fine tune the treatment, knowing the cause. ...Read more

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4 yr old daughter diagnosed w/ringworm of scalp, takin 125mg Lamisil (terbinafine) and using selsun blue 3% but no help. Should I take her to dermatologist?

Depends: It takes from 4-8 weeks for the meds to rid her of the germs and normal hair growth to return. If it is past that time frame, see whomwever you wish. If not, give it some time. ...Read more

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What is Lamisil (terbinafine) cream and why is it usually prescribed?

What is Lamisil (terbinafine) cream and why is it usually prescribed?

Antifungal: Lamisil (terbinafine) is antifungal but has poor anti yeast properties. Creams which are more effective for yeast include miconazole, kopeks, ketoconazole, and nystatin. It is also used orally for extensive fungus infection or over a three month period with monitoring for toenail fungus. ...Read more

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I used Lamisil (terbinafine) in my fungal infec. But doesn't effect on it. Wat other cream I should use stronger than this.?

See Your Doc: It may not be a fungal infection that you are trying to treat, if it has not gotten better with the lamasil. If it is a fungus, it may require stronger prescription meds or oral meds. It may be residual skin changes from the infection, a bacterial infection, psoriasis, lupus, other skin diseases, even syphilis, or reinfection from an untreated source. ...Read more

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Will an anti-fungal cream, such as lamisil cream, do anything for a herpes outbreak?

Will an anti-fungal cream, such as lamisil cream, do anything for a herpes outbreak?

Nope: Anti viral medications, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir are active against the herpes virus. The anti-fungal is only designed to treat fungus. ...Read more

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Can I combine Lamisil (terbinafine) cream and tolnaftate powder for athelete s foot?

Can I combine Lamisil (terbinafine) cream and tolnaftate powder for athelete s foot?

Yes: Using two different medicines for athlete's foot is acceptable. Use one in the am, perhaps the powder to help keep feet dry during the day, and one at night, such as the Lamisil (terbinafine) cream. Faithful use of topical twice daily meds for at least 3 weeks is key to eliminating fungus. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I read online there are lots of side effect for Lamisil. Is there any safe alternative cream to treat infant/toddler's athlete foot?

Safe???: Lamisil is safe and effective when used appropriately & was deemed so by the food & drug administration back when it was only available by prescription. After years of use, its track record allowed it to be released to the general public. Any med that is strong enough to help will have side effects in some people. I find it a safe med. Lotramin is another antifungal that is usually effective. ...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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Terbinafine (Definition)

Terbinafine is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal ...Read more