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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


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How can you tell when ring worm is healing? What are the signs of it healing?

How can you tell when ring worm is healing? What are the signs of it healing?

Ringworm: Ringworm on the body (tinea corporis) will take up to 2 weeks to resolve. You should continue the cream for 7 days after the resolution of the lesion. ...Read more

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What to do 4 ring worm?

What to do 4 ring worm?

Anti fungal cream: Buy over the counter anti-fungal cream like Clotrimazole and apply it twice a day for 10-14 days. If it doesn't resolve or if it worsens see your doctor. ...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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How do you get ring worm ?

Contact: From contact with an animal, person or item(like pillowcase etc) that is infected. It is contagious. ...Read more

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How can you treat ring worm?

Depends: The successful treatment of this process varies with the location. For most skin surfaces there are topical liquids/lotions available over the counter including lotrimin (clotrimazole). Applied twice daily this will often cure simple ringworm. When the infection is in the scalp or nal, an oral prescription med is often required. ...Read more

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What do you do for ring worm ?

Anti fungal : Try Clotrimazole cream (over the counter, sold usually for "athletes foot"). If not better in 5 days see your doctor. May need full month of treatment for it to completely go away. ...Read more

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How does a person get ring worm.

Ringworm is not a: worm, but is a fungal skin infection. A person gets it directly from contact with another person's skin who has it, or from contact with a surface that was touched by another person's ringworm, such as a mat used by wrestlers. It is easily treated with a medicated cream. If you think you have it, contact your doctor to be seen. ...Read more

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What should you do for ring worm?

What should you do for ring worm?

Anti-fungals: Ring worm is not a worm, but a fungal infection on the skin. Anti-fungal agents, such as Lamisil (terbinafine) at or lotrimin, can be effective against ring worm. Consult with your family doctor or dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does a person get ring worm ?

Exposure: The fungal agent of ringworm is found in soil, dust, on humans or animals as a opportunist. It eats the top layers of older skin, leaving behind the healthy younger cells.As it reproduces, its offspring continue their forward movement, creating a rough outer ring, like riples to a rock tossed in a pond.A central area of clearing is expected.Otc meds can help over wks. Not all rings are ringworm. ...Read more

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What is the medicine for ring worm?

Anti-fungal creams: Ringworm is not caused by a worm but is caused by a fungal infection. Anti-fungal creams, such as Lamisil (terbinafine) at, are very effective against the fungus that causes ringworm. ...Read more

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Can Bnt ointment be used to cure ring worm?

Bnt ointment: BNT ointment is a veterinary medication and should not be used on humans. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ring worm to clear up?

See details: This question usually comes up when there is a request for clearance to return to sport participation ( Wrestling) The appropriate duration of treatment before returning to sport is unknown but most experts agree 10 to 15 days is reasonable time period to restrict participation in sports, assuming that the athlete was treated with an oral anti fungal medication when diagnosis is made ...Read more

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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

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Best cure for ring worm?

Best cure for ring worm?

Oral antifungals: If this is extensive or resitantto topical then see doc for prescription for a course of oral antifungal meds such as nizoral, lamisil, (terbinafine) sporonox or griseofulvin. ...Read more

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Can you go to school with ring worm?

Yes, mostly: If your child is not a wrestler, the chance of passing his ringworm to another child is slim. Start treating it with the proper anti fungal cream, and have them avoid rubbing it on other kids' skin. Not a good excuse to miss school. ...Read more

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