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Are ringworms deadly if its not treated?

Are ringworms deadly if its not treated?

No: Unsightly, difficult to treat occasionally but as a whole these are rather unimportant compared to lots of other germs. They primarily live off the older dead skin that covers our body surface & cannot digest the newer deeper cells.You could take them as similar to head lice in their importance.There are many available over the counter treatments for most cases.A few can get bad, but that's life ...Read more

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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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Is ringworm ever deadly?

No: Ringworm will not grow at body temperature, which is good. Reptiles (cold-blooded) have been known to die of these fungi. If you were this severely immunocompromised, some other infecton would have carried you off first. By contrast, the acne bacterium occasionally causes deep tissue infections, especially after heart surgery. ...Read more

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Please answer ASAP my daughter is 4 months and has a ringworm can that be deadly? and what can I use to get rid of it?

Easily treated: A ringworm is a type of fungal infection. The characteristic ring it forms with raised red borders may give it it's name. A topical antifungal cream can be applied to the area which will completely treat this skin condition. This is definitely not deadly only bothersome. ...Read more

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Wat is ringworm?

Wat is ringworm?

Ringworm: Ringworm is the common or lay term for a common superficial infection of the skin caused by a fungus (actually several types of fungus). It's name comes from the fact that the fungus tends to cause a circular patch of scaling scan with a slightly raised and redder border making it look like a ring. It can be treated with ordinary otc anti-fungal medications. ...Read more

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What cures ringworm?

What cures ringworm?

Antifungal Meds: Without a prescription, i would recommend lamisil, (terbinafine) however, it can still take a week or more of treatment. If that does not work, or it is widespread, you may need prescription medication. Of course, you should be sure that you are treating ringworm and not some other rash or infection. Proper treatment requires a proper diadnosis. ...Read more

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Is ringworm raised?

Is ringworm raised?

Raised border: Yes. Ringworm, a fungus skin rash, can have a raised border with a clearer spot in the center of the raised ring. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm?

A couple of ways: If the ring worm is small and not on the scalp, topical terbenafine for 2 weeks or longer may be all that is needed. If the lesion is on the face or scalp and does ot respond to topical, then oral medications are indicated. One must treat these long enought to rid the skin of the fungus. Deep infections require oral and even IV therapy. If in doubt, get see by pcp or derm. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm?

How to treat ringworm?

Lamisil (terbinafine): Try Lamisil (terbinafine) over the counter twice a day for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Is ringworm contagious?

Yes: Yes, so it needs to be treated with an antifungal cream. Try an over the counter product until you can see a medical professional. ...Read more

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Hairloss due to ringworm?

Yes: You can lose hair due to "ringworm"/fungal infection. The medical term is tinea capitis if it occurs on your scalp, tinea corporis if it occurs on the body, tinea cruris if it occurs in the groin, and tinea pedis if it occurs on the the feet. Once the fungal infection is treated, the hair will return. Best to visit your doctor for further evaluation and fungal testing. ...Read more

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Will limes cure ringworm?

Home remedy: One home remedy for treating ringworm is to rub the affected area of skin with a slice of lime dipped in salt (over the pulpy portion). Rub in & follow by rinsing. I can not speak to effectiveness of this approach. ...Read more

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Is ringworm actually a worm?

No worms involved!: Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection and can spread to other parts of the body or to other people. Treatment is usually with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams. Rashes that don't go away easily, or those that keep returning after treatment, should be evaluated by a doctor. People with diabetes get more fungal infections, and have a harder time getting rid of infections. ...Read more

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Can carpeting cause ringworm ?

Not without fungus: Ringworm develops after the spores of a fungus settle in the top layers and begin eating away at the oldest skin cells. Spores may be found in a variet of spaces: dirt, animals, other human contact or in their clothing or towels etc. Your carpet may be contaminated with fungal spores and be a source for ringworm, but you won't get it from the carpet fibers alone. ...Read more

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What are the creams for ringworm?

Antigungal creams: There are many over-the -counter creams for fungal infections. The difficulty lies in deciding if the "rash" you have is caused by a fungus. While they certainly can't hurt you if you are wrong, occasionally they will cause a contact dermatitis, further complicating the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you go to school if ringworm?

Yes-: Ringworm is a fungal infection, not a parasitic infection. Unless one shares intimate apparel like underwear (hopefully not), then it's ok to go to school- just ensure that you observe excellent hygiene and wash your hands! (addendum- i'd avoid direct person-to-person contact in situations like gym class, if that is a required activity in your school). ...Read more

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How is skin affected by ringworm?

How is skin affected by ringworm?

Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection the affects the upper layer of skin. It is not caused by a worm. It presents as a red circle with normal skin in the center. The rash may or may not cause itching. ...Read more

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How can a 3 month old get ringworm?

Contact: Ring worm is transmitted through contact with objects such as clothing. It is also transmitted by direct contact with infected people or pets. ...Read more

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Is ringworm really caused by worms?

Is ringworm really caused by worms?

No: It is caused by a fungus.It is called ringworm be ause it has the appaerance of a ring with a sharp border. ...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