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How long do you take oral medication for ringworm?

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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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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What medications treat ringworm of the skin?

"azole" antifungals: Ringworm is usually treated with different types of "azole" antifungal medicines. These are miconazole, ketoconazole, econazole etc. There is also another type of topical antifungal called allyl-amines. Medicines in this class are better at treating dermatophyte fungal infections (ringworm, athletes foot, jock itch, etc). Examples of these allyl-amines are naftifin and lamisil (terbinafine). ...Read more

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Following being on medication for ringworm, will it still be contagious?

Following being on medication for ringworm, will it still be contagious?

RINGWORM CONTAGIOUS: ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR COURSE OF MEDICATION, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE CONTAGIOUS. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for a 6 year old taking the oral medications for ringworm of the scalp?

What are the side effects for a 6 year old taking the oral medications for ringworm of the scalp?

Usually none: As long as a child's doctor is monitoring the child's progress and rechecking him every so often during treatment, no side effects are expected. With children, doctors usually double-check the dosing to be sure it is correct for each child's weight. Some doctors check the blood tests to be sure the results stay normal. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been taking oral medication for scalp ringworm for three weeks. The grey patch on my scalp has not faded at all. Any advice? Thanks

See a dermatologist: There is too little information for any other comment. "Ringworm" is not a medical term. Fungus in the scalp hair is very unusual after puberty. I suspect you have seen a practitioner who is naive about skin issues. See a pro and stop the "oral" medication-----what exactly is it? ...Read more

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How long does ringworm take to heal with prescribed medication? What exactly is ringworm?

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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What over-the-counter oral medication can help with ringworm on scalp?

Scalp ringworm: You can try tinactin (tolnaftate) or Nizoral cream. Ring worm in this area of the body can be hard to get rid of and you may need to get a prescription from you doctor if those are not working. ...Read more

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I have had ringworm for a few months now and have taken 2 months worth of oral medication; yet it still sometimes flares up. What could be going on?

Ringworm: If the rash is ringworm (red, marginated, circumscribed,
then applying local OTC Clotrimazole 1% cr (Lotrimin) can resolve over 1-2 months, takes a longer time to clear fungal infection since slow growing. You should not need oral medication for this issue. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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What medication can I buy over-the-counter to treat ringworm?

Ringworm: You can try Lotrimin (clotrimazole) to see if it helps. If it doesn't then needs to be checked out, plus if it's on the scalp, the Lotrimin (clotrimazole) will more than likely not work. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to get rid of ringworm without going out and buying medications?

Could you tell me what's the best way to get rid of ringworm without going out and buying medications?

Topical antifungals: You have to go out and buy something. It won't go away on its own. Apply a topical antifungal treatment that you can buy over the counter to the involved skin several times a day until 1 week after the rash has resolved. You can use the same treatments that are used for athlete's foot. ...Read more

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I have leftover Vermox medication. Is it safe to use if I think I have ringworm again?

Won't work: Vermox treats worms. Ringworm is not a worm; it's a fungal infection of the skin with a confusing name. Vermox will not treat rignworm. ...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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Is ringworm still contagious during treatment using prescription medication?

If left exposed, yes: Ringworm refers to a skin fungal infection, and can spread in situations of poor hygiene, direct contact, and sharing of intimate apparel. Complete the course as prescribed and followup in 2 weeks with your prescribing doctor would be prudent. ...Read more

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Good day Doctors, I’ve got a ringworm on my forehead. Please advise on the best medication to treat it.

Need a topical cream: Depending on how deep/ thick the ring worm is, and how long you have had it for, you need an antifungal cream and maybe even antifungal tablets.

Have you used any of the over the counter creams, usually Clotirmazole? If not, you could try that but if it doesn't show sign of improvement then you need prescribed antifungals. ...Read more

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I have a small circular patch of dry red skin on my arm. I thought it was ringworm but my medication from the past doesn't work. Help?

Rash: A number of conditions can cause a circular rash including eczema (nummular type), ringworm, etc.. Eczema often responds to moisturizers and a corticosteroid cream after a few days. See a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I think my son has ringworm and now I have a small one on my face. Can you prescribe medication. We have been already using lotrimin (clotrimazole) but need stronger?

Two issues: The public HT site does not offer diagnosis and or treatment. If you can find a HT prime doc that will accept you, some of those services are possible. Read the site info. If your assumption is correct, lotrimin (clotrimazole) applied twice a day is adequate for ringworm, but may require more than a week to see any change. Treatments for ringworm will not help a skin problem caused by something else. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son is taking the growth hormone drug, norditropin, (human growth hormone) and after 3 months is getting ringworm constantly.?

What do you suggest if my son is taking the growth hormone drug, norditropin, (human growth hormone) and after 3 months is getting ringworm constantly.?

Likely unrelated: The side effect profile of growth hormone includes dry skin and rash, but susceptibility to ringworm is not related to use of growth hormone. More likely, he is being exposed to a classmate, or an animal with a ringworm and constantly getting reinfected. Also, has it been diagnosed by his doc as a ringworm? Some forms of eczema look a lot like ringworm! See your doc for definitive answers. ...Read more

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How long does it take for scalp ringworms to clear up after you start taking the medication?

Quite a while: Compared to many other infections these are a longer investment of time and effort. The germ has gone deep into the hair follicles and require oral medication to reach/eliminate. Difficult cases can take a month or more of medication for final cure. Topical medications can sometimes provide a cosmetic benefit at the level of exposed skin, but won't cure it alone. ...Read more

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Anyone know about trichophyton rubrum treatment? Is it a simple OTC medication?

Trichophyton: Trichophyton rubrum, among other dermatophytes, is a major causative agent for superficial dermatomycoses like onychomycosis and tinea pedis and is known to account for as many as 69.5% of all dermatophyte infections. Common therapeutic strategies based on the use of terbinafine and Griseofulvin are generally considered effective (terbinafine is very widely used, both orally and topically). ...Read more

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35 yr-old with round-shaped skin lesions that come and go for 14 years, unresponsive to antifungals, and negative for "fungal, viral, or yeast".....?

35 yr-old with round-shaped skin lesions that come and go for 14 years, unresponsive to antifungals, and negative for "fungal, viral, or yeast".....?

Urticaria (hives): Typical description of chronic urticaria refractory to antihistamines. An Allergist will get some bloodwork to rule out some potential underlying causes and then prescribe treatment. There are several options and relief can be obtained in no time. ...Read more

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How do I stop ringworm from spreading on my body while I'm treating some.

How do I stop ringworm from spreading on my body while I'm treating some.

Tea tree oil: Use tea tree oil soap. Do not share towels. Wash hands. Put ointment or whatever you are using to treat existing spots on any new ones that appear. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm taking oral meds for ringworm why it is spreading?

Its probably not: ringworm. see your derm for scraping to verify if it's ringworm. But most of the time ringworm can be treated with topicals ...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