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Ringworm Fungal Culture
It's rarely needed: We rarely do fungal cultures for athlete's foot, because the diagnosis is usually obvious, and the treatment is the same regardless of culture results. A rare exception might be a case that doesn't respond to topical antifungals. Growth of fungus on a culture doesn't mean you have athlete's foot; it might be due to fungal colonization without disease. ...Read more
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
Depends: My opinion is a culture is almost always necessary to safely and accurately direct the career of a patient. I like to know what I am treating so i tend to culture or do some other confirmatory test, even more so before i consider using a systemic medication. Sometimes a scraping and a look under the microscope with confirm I am dealing with a fungus. ...Read more
Varies: Fungal culture can be taken in pcp's office or in clinic. Testing for fungus is usually done by a hospital lab or a place that provides lab services to docs' offices. Some dermatologists are equipped to do fungal cultures in their office. Results may take a few days to couple weeks depending on what fungus is being grown/tested. ...Read more
Meningitis: It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis. However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later. ...Read more
Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.
Not necessarily: I find these studies to be of little value.They are often promoted by alternative health vendors as having value for dozens of chronic conditions. People usually have candida albicans to the point it makes up 5% of the dry weight of stool. Igg is often positive for hundreds of factors for which no problems are present, with the number increasing with age. This includes candida. ...Read more
Ringworm Therapy: There really is no fastest way to get rid of ringworm, but there are a few proven methods to learning how to get rid of ringworms fast. The first thing to make sure you remember is that you should not touch many things, especially other people or even animals until you have been able to try ways to get rid of ringworm. I like otc Lamisil (terbinafine) cream twice a day for two weeks. ...Read more
I have been using anti fungal treatment for almost 4 weeks and my ringworm has still not fully disappeared. How do I know if treatment is working?
If I have ringworm can I go swimming? I have had it for about 2 weeks now, I've kept it covered with an anti fungal cream every day. it is faint now.
Yes: You are unlikely to contaminate the pool or transmit the infection to anybody else. ...Read more
Not usually: Millions of totally normal people may get superficial fungal skin infections. ...Read more
I am experiencing marks like ringworm on chest , can any anti-fungal cream be used for treatment or please advise ?
Specific creams: For the most part, for typical "ringworm" or tinea corporis infections, which are usually caused by Trichophyton group. Other fungal skin infections include tinea versicolor (Mallesezia furfur) or Candidal skin infection usually in skin folds (Candida albicans). The best option for ringworm would probably be Clotrimazole or terbinafine (terb does not tx yeast) ...Read more
My son has a ringworm I can't get rid of. Tried bleach and anti-fungal cream for a month. What else can I try to get rid of asap?
Ringworm: do not attempt to use bleach directly to a ringworm, you may end up causing much more harm than good. also, is the ring worm on the skin or the scalp? Depending on the area involved, different medications may be needed. Have a follow up visit with your pediatrician to check the ringworm and see if a different treatment is necessary. Also, there are other skin conditions that look like ringworm. ...Read more
I'm currently using anti fungal cream for a ringworm on my arm. Do i have to cover it with a bandaid? Would it spread to other people if not bandaged?
Not usually: It is actually better to leave it uncovered, or loosely covered with your normal clothing. To prevent it from spreading, wash your towels, sheets, and clothes regularly. If you’re doing an activity in which the affected area might come in contact with other people or surfaces – such as going to the gym – then it’s a good idea to cover the area temporarily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treated what thought ringworm for 5 months with 5 dif meds. Rx fluconazole 5 weeks, not going away, still itches, new spots. Fungal? Docs refused test
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Ringworm: It is unlikely that tea tree oil will have very much effect, but if you want to try it, it should not be deleterious. Good luck. ...Read more