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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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Can ringworm of the body be cured?

Can ringworm of the body be cured?

Part 2: This is a representative photo of tinea corporis ("ring worm") that is usually easily treated. ...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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How do I cure my ringworm at home? It has spread to different parts of my body.

How do I cure my ringworm at home? It has spread to different parts of my body.

Terbinafine: If you are certain that you have "ring worm", these are fungal infections that are primarily due to dermatophytes called t. Rubrum. I find that otc terbinafine cream has better coverage for t. Rubrum than clotrimazole, which is best against yeast. ...Read more

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Good morning. I would like to know what causes the ringworm to spread all over the body?

Good morning. I would like to know what causes the ringworm to spread all over the body?

Ringworm spreading: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. New lesions can develop when the original patch is scratched or rubbed; the fungus carries to new skin from the fingernails or towel (for example). Rarely, problems with the immune system can cause widespread infection. ...Read more

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I have a large area of ringworm in my body and it continously spreading, how can I cure it?

I have a large area of ringworm in my body and it continously spreading, how can I cure it?

See below: Large continuously spreading rashes really aren't consistent with ringworm. See your doctor to verify your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ringworm of the body?

What is the treatment for ringworm of the body?

Terbinafine: This is now cheap and very safe. Also consider why you have it. You may have an immune deficiency. You may have contacted an infected person or animal. Usual dose is 250 mg pill once a day for 10 days. ...Read more

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How to remove ringworm to my entire body. What creams can I use?

See a dermatologist: Begin with a correct diagnosis. "ringworm" is not a diagnosis. If you actually have fungus on your entire body----very unlikely------you need to find out how & why this happened. Then your dr will treat you. ...Read more

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Can body ringworm spread to the scalp? Help please?

Maybe: If you scratch the body site, you can load up your fingernails with the fungus and transfer it to your scalp. The process may not be apparent for a while and will have a different appearance in the scalp than it would on regular skin. If established in the scalp, it will take prescription medication to treat it. The fungus gets well established in the hair root and creams or lotions do not reach it. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with ringworm of the body?

Ringworm: "a lot" is difficult to define. Dermatologists see this frequently, while other specialists may not see it at all. If you are asking, "is ringworm common? " then I would reply yes. ...Read more

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What causes ringworm to spread on body? Any treatment for preventing it from happening again?

Back to basics: Most people diagnosed with "ringworm" actually have something else. If you TRUELY have tinea corporis, a superficial fungus colonizing your body, then the important question is how did you get it? Do you have a serious disease with impaired immunity? Do you have chronic fungus on your feet? Most often this came from a person or an animal, most often a cat. These answers are the answers to the ques ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see someone for ringworm of the body?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see someone for ringworm of the body?

Yes and no: While dermatologists are the experts, and a microscopic potassium hydroxide skin scrapping examination can confirm the diagnosis, a primary care doctor can usually make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment just based on appearance ...Read more

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How quickly does ringworm spread on your body and does it begin as blisters? I have on my entire body today since yesterday

Explanation: Ring warm spreading usually slowly. Exception only in case in immunosuppressive patient, who is on chemo and radiation therapy, or after organ transplant therapy. Otherwise you need to be seen by doctor for diagnosis. Most likely this is other condition. ...Read more

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I have ringworm on my body and its dark and scaly is it healing? What treatment would you recommend for me? I'm using abc ringworm remedy does it work

Watch closely: Most over the counter products - athlete's foot cream like Lotrimen - are reasonably effective for a single small body ringworm. But, as with any rash, if it doesn't respond to treatment over a period of a week consider having a medical professional look at it. It may be something other than a fungal (ringworm) infection. ...Read more

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If I have ringworm of the body. If I cover it, is it a bad idea to have sex?

If I have ringworm of the body. If I cover it, is it a bad idea to have sex?

Yes: Ringworm is caused by a dermatophyte (a fungus which infects the skin). It is easily transmissible by direct contact, and, at least in my humble experience, it is not possible to have sex without exposing areas of the skin, you will be likely to be infecting your partner. Wait until it has cleared up. ...Read more

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When certain part of my body heated up, red ring shaped rashes will pop out. Are they ringworm? They will get bigger and itchy.

When certain part of my body heated up, red ring shaped rashes will pop out. Are they ringworm? They will get bigger and itchy.

Hives: These sound like hives. There are many reasons to have hives including allergies however some people get them when they heat it up because a substance called histamine is released under the skin that causes these rashes. If it continues you should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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My son woke up with 13 welts on his body. I think he got bit by something, his dad thinks it's ringworm. Would that many spots show up if it is r.w.?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Although it is contagious, it is unusual for multiple lesions to develop in short order in an otherwise immunocompetent person. Multiple welts that occur at the same time are usually due to allergy or insect bites. ...Read more

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My friend has ringworm on 3 parts of body. Under arm and front and back of leg. Could it be from my cat?

My friend has ringworm on 3 parts of body. Under arm and front and back of leg. Could it be from my cat?

Confirmed?: If confirmed, recurrent ringworm (tinea corporis) reflects a recurrent exposure to a source. There are 3 basic sources;people, animals and the soil. If you have a furry animal a check with the vet may find it. The other two are harder to source. There are also things that may look like ringworm but are really something else. ...Read more

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I'm having a rapid ringworm spreading on my body, now it is on the top of my genital area and I would like to know the cause and if it should be itchi?

See your doctor: Ringworm is caused by a fungus and it can spread easily. You may need an oral medication if the over-the-counter creams don't seem to be working. Call your doctor. ...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