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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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Had a couple small rings on skin, thought it was ring worm but it went away in less than 24hrs, and wasn't itchy/raised/or dry?

Had a couple small rings on skin, thought it was ring worm but it went away in less than 24hrs, and wasn't itchy/raised/or dry?

Hives?: It could have been hives. See an allergist, who will try to look for triggers to your hives and may recommend medications to prevent the hive ...Read more

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Is it possible for acne skin care to cause ring worm?

Is it possible for acne skin care to cause ring worm?

Acne Rx/ringworm: Usually acne care is a drying agent, so fungus develops from wetness like ringworm. You treat ringworm with clotrimazole cr 1% OTC 3x/d until gone keeping area pat dry. You can continue your acne care as needed. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.

Hard to say: Hard to say much without more detailed history and a photo. If you think it looks like ringworm and you don't have a fever or rapidly progressing rash, try an over the counter antifungal for a week. Generic Clotrimasole will work. Continue for several weeks twice a day until clear. If at any point it worsens again, you will need to be seen. I hear great things about your health system! ...Read more

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Dry skin that looks like ring worm but isn't & it itchs & only on my arms what is this?

Dry skin that looks like ring worm but isn't & it itchs & only on my arms what is this?

I do not know: Skin conditions really are impossible to diagnose over the computer. Best to get evaluation and have the condition properly diagnosed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection. It itches very bad And seems to spread. Some say its ring worm. I use withfield ointment but does not help. Your thoughts?

I have a skin infection. It itches very bad And seems to spread. Some say its ring worm. I use withfield ointment but does not help. Your thoughts?

See a dermatologist: Your question is too vague. Infection??? Where? How long? Etc., etc. Whitfield ointment is an old prescription for certain dermatophyte infections. Dermatologists abandoned it 50 years ago in favor of much more effective remedies. For best result you must begin with a diagnosis. "A skin infection" does not define anything. Try again with the DETAILS. ...Read more

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I got ring worm infxn b4 on my leg, nw heald. But evn if its months passd, it lft a black color on my skin, itchy sometimes. What is this black color?

I got ring worm infxn b4 on my leg, nw heald. But evn if its months passd, it lft a black color on my skin, itchy sometimes. What is this black color?

Hyperpigmentation: Any time you have skin infections or significant skin rashes, the pigment cells in the skin cells can be stimulated and have heightened activity, leaving darkening of the skin called hyperpigmentation. This can last for months after the infection has cleared, even with the infection cleared up and gone. Be patient. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have ring worm or MRSA (staph) skin disease?

How do you know if you have ring worm or MRSA (staph) skin disease?

Fungus vs bacteria: Ring worm is a fungus - sampling scales of skin can help diagnosis. Mrsa is a bacterial infection and hence you would do a wound culture of the drainage. ...Read more

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I have a patchy itchy skin that sometimes feels rashy what is it? Eczema? Ring worm?

I have a patchy itchy skin that sometimes feels rashy what is it? Eczema? Ring worm?

Difficult to diagnos: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without any photos. From the description it sounds like eczema, but it should really been seen by a physician. You can always make a consult appointment with a HealthTap doc to show pictures and for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection. Initially between my toes now it’s spread to my hand. I thought it was ring worm or athletes foot.?

I have a skin infection. Initially between my toes now it’s spread to my hand. I thought it was ring worm or athletes foot.?

Dermatophyte: 2 feet + 1 hand is typical of dermatophyte infection. Maceration of web skin between toes. Scaling of skin along entire soles of feet, often discolored toenails, scaly skin on 1 palm often with discolored nails on 1 hand. This is a fungus. Castellani solution is very useful. Azole creams are helpful [clotrimazole, miconazole, ketoconazole.] Terbinafine is very effective as cream, excellent orally ...Read more

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What if the ring worm is all over the body but not the head or nails is that then saver and can ring worm be like acne bumps also?

What if the ring worm is all over the body but not the head or nails is that then saver and can ring worm be like acne bumps also?

Not necessarily: Ringworm on the skin (opposed to nail or hair involvement) is generally easier to clear with topical or oral medications. Sometimes ringworm can develop pustules that look like acne buy more typically is in a ring pattern with scaled and elevated borders. ...Read more

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Do I have a skin irritation or ring worm? I do stainless steel welding for a living and recently I've noticed something on both hands. Its about 1 inch in diameter, round, itchy, and sorta bumpy outside.

Unfortunately: Unfortunately without seeing the lesion and getting more of a history it is difficult to say. If it is itchy then it could be a fungus or a dermatitis/allergy from exposure to an allergen. You could always try an over the counter anti-fungal cream like Clotrimazole twice a day for a few weeks. If that does not work see a doctor.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My 9 old month baby boy has some red spots (looks like ring worm like) on his penis, balls and on top of his private area skin.?

My 9 old month baby boy has some red spots (looks like ring worm like) on his penis, balls and on top of his private area skin.?

Yeast perhaps?: The diaper area, being generally warm and sometimes moist, is an area that can develop yeast infections of the skin, even in boys. Ringworm, caused by a different fungus, could also affect this area. Unfortunately, these aren't the only 2 things that could cause what you describe. You could try an anti-fungal cream and see if it helps. If he's really uncomfortable, i'd seek medical attention. ...Read more

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My dr thought rash was ring worm, not sure, very itchy and is spreading. I' m concerned of skin cancer, would skin cancer spread fast like that?

My dr thought rash was ring worm, not sure, very itchy and is spreading. I' m concerned of skin cancer, would skin cancer spread fast like that?

Unlikely: However, skin cancer can occasionally spread very quickly. If the lesion is not improving with proper therapy, a biopsy is definitely recommended. ...Read more

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My son 26mon old loosing hair have itchy scalp no ring worm/dandruff should I shave his head he just don't drink enough water he eats fine plz help?

My son 26mon old loosing hair have itchy scalp no ring worm/dandruff should I shave his head he just don't drink enough water he eats fine plz help?

Dermatologist: Evaluation is warranted, possibly he is suffering from seborrhoeic dermatitis or some other scaly skin condition, shaving isn't the treatment, proper management is needed, good luck ...Read more

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Can anyone identify a red skin rash (similar looking to ring worm) that would cause a raised red/pink welt and itch? (possibly autoimmune response)

Can anyone identify a red skin rash (similar looking to ring worm) that would cause a raised red/pink welt and itch? (possibly autoimmune response)

Rash: It sounds like you're talking about the hives or urticaria which is usually caused by allergy. Unfortunately it is impossible to give you a definitive diagnosis without seeing a picture of you lesion. Therefore, see your doctor for an exact diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Had ring worm on scalp as a kid. Left a bald spot top corner of head. Mole on spot was brown now pink. Hurts to touch and sometimes shooting pain.

Had ring worm on scalp as a kid. Left a bald spot top corner of head. Mole on spot was brown now pink. Hurts to touch and sometimes shooting pain.

Skin findings: It is very hard to diagnose skin lesions over the telephone. If tender you might have an infection. Start with seeing your primary doctor and if needed, a dermatologist. Be prepared to say how long the problem has been there, any medications and other symptoms. This needs to be seen in person. ...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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Would ketoconazole help with a ring worm?

Yes: Yes it can be used for ringworm but I would talk to a doctor so they can make a proper diagnosis and discuss with you how to properly use this medication. ...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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Ring worm, can I use selsun?

No: Selsun works for tinea versicolor, but not tinea corporis (ringworm). ...Read more

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Will Monistat treat ring worm?

Monistat-Derm: Monistat (Monistat-Derm), also known as Miconazole, should be effective to treat fungal infection of the skin. If symptoms aren't improving or worsen you should see a physician. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a ring worm?

How do I get rid of a ring worm?

Ringworm.: Ringworm is actually a misnomer, as it’s not a worm at all. It’s actually a fungal rash, treatable with antifungal creams. ...Read more

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How can do it ring worm treatment?

Antifungals: Tinea corporis or ringworm is caused by skin fungi called dermatophytes and treated topically with antifungal creams containing clotrimazole, miconazole, or ketoconazole ...Read more