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Doctor insights on: Ring Worm Infection

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Is ring worm contagious?

Is ring worm contagious?

Possibly: "Ring worm" is a common lay term for a fungal infection of the skin. Spores from the fungus are acquired by contact with a source; including animals,humans,or the environment. Once they get on your skin, they live on the surface old skin and tend to spread in a ring. The spores can be shed and acquired or pass by direct contact. Treatment cuts down on spore production and ability to spread. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can nystatin cure ring worms?

Can nystatin cure ring worms?

Yes it can: Nystatin cream can cure ring worm. Use it twice a day for 2-4 weeks. Lamisil (terbinafine) cream will work fater using it twice a day for 1 week. ...Read more

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Does a ring worm itch ?

Does a ring worm itch ?

Yes, but not always: Typically ringworm does tch. I've seen some patients who do not complain of itching (especially early on). They an otc antifngal cream on the skin to see if that will help. If you are worried about it in the scalp, be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a tape worm infection?

Symptoms of a tape worm infection?

Few symptoms: Most people with tapeworms have no symptoms until they see part of the worm in their stool. Rarely, the fish tapeworm can cause vitamin B12 deficiency leading to anemia. ...Read more

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Is it possible to spread ring worm to genital area and cause a yeast infection ?

Is it possible to spread ring worm to genital area and cause a yeast infection ?

Not exactly: If ringworm were spread from one body part to another it would still be ringworm. It would not cause a different infection to occur like a vaginal yeast infection. ...Read more

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Circular rash inside of elbow related to infection?

Circular rash inside of elbow related to infection?

Hard to say: Sometimes a fungus infection ( the same type which causes athlete's foot) may produce a circular lesion but there may be other probabilities. ...Read more

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Eczema food allergies mistaken for ring worm?

Eczema food allergies mistaken for ring worm?

possibly: The distribution pattern for eczema is fairly predictable, while "ring worm" which is a superficial fungus infection can occur anywhere on the body including scalp, beard, trunk, groin, foot. Both rashes can be itchy, but eczema is really itchy. Eczema responds well to cortisone creams/ointments, while cortisone can potentially worsen ringworm. Doc can scrape the lesion and culture for fungus. ...Read more

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Wedding ring rash back after cleared & rings cleaned. Not itchy. Starts with what looks like insect bite & sporadic rash around area. Fungus? Allergy?

Wedding ring rash back after cleared & rings cleaned. Not itchy. Starts with what looks like insect bite & sporadic rash around area. Fungus? Allergy?

Possible allergy: It sounds like you have wedding ring dermatitis as you are possibly allergic to a metal component of your wedding ring. The other cause is soap that gets stuck under the ring band. If the rash is isolated to the area where the ring touches your skin then it is most likely an allergic reaction. If you have similar looking rashes other areas, possibly other causes and would need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What other skin rashes look like ring worms?

What other skin rashes look like ring worms?

Ring: Ringworm or tinea, pityriasis rotunda, erythema annulare centrifugum, nummular eczema are just a few diseases which have ring appearance. ...Read more

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Treatment for ring worm?

Treatment for ring worm?

Various: Ringworm is caused by skin fungus. Some cases of ringworm are caused by the same fungus that cause athlete's foot. For many cases of ringworm on the arms, legs or torso, creams or ointments will get rid of the skin yeast. For widespread cases or for ringworm in the scalp tablets are used. ...Read more

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Does ring around tick bite always mean Lyme disease?

Does ring around tick bite always mean Lyme disease?

No: The bulls eye lesion clooks just like it says - a bullseye- central redness then a rim of clearing then a larger rim of redness. Just like a bulls eye. ...Read more

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Bug bite with red ring around, no blistering?

Bug bite with red ring around, no blistering?

Pus or Abscess?: Until your doctor examines you this 'bite' should be considered a potential staph infection. It is an urgent problem if there is pus or abscess in the lesion. ...Read more

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Is ringworm & thrush connected?

Is ringworm & thrush connected?

No: They're completely unrelated, caused by completely different fungi. However, someone with impaired cell mediated immunity (advanced HIV disease, for example) could be at higher risk for both. However, ringworm is common in people with normal immunity; thrush is not. ...Read more

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Fungal infection in nail by pictures?

Fungal infection in nail by pictures?

Vicks vapor rub: Try applying vicks vapor rub twice daily to the affected nail for 6-12 months. You should see a clearer healthy appearing nail grow in over that time frame as the diseased nail gets pushed out. The recurrence rate with any type of treatment utilized is very high...So essentially it makes little difference in the long run how you treat it. ...Read more

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Possible nail fungal infection, finger red, swollen, painful, doctor gave me flucloxacillin, why? If its ineffective on fungal infections?

Poss bacterial infec: You may have a paroncyhia, which can be a bacterial infection. If the prescribed treatment doesn't help within about 2 days, or if it's getting worse, then i'd recommend you call the doctor who prescribed this and let them know. They may want to prescribe if different medication and/or see you back for follow-up. ...Read more

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Itchy labia majora is it yeast infection? Or does itching in yeast infection only occur around vaginal opening &I have white chuncky vaginal disharge

Itchy labia majora is it yeast infection? Or does itching in yeast infection only occur around vaginal opening &I have white chuncky vaginal disharge

Can be yeast: Yeast infections typically have a thick white discharge that is in clumps and usually itches. Yeast can be in the vagina but can also come onto the labia and even on the skin of the vulva and cause itching around the vulva and labia. ...Read more

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Do pinworms cause an itchy red rash around the anal area?

Do pinworms cause an itchy red rash around the anal area?

Yes: Perianal itching is the most common presenting symptom of pinworm infestation & scratching the area can cause redness & irritation. The pinworm is a white, threadlike worm that migrates from the lower bowel where it lives to the perianal area to deposit eggs. Sometimes adult worms may be seen near the anus, particularly in the morning. If you're worried, go see a doc, there are tests & treatment. ...Read more

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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