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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
I have severe scalp ringworm doctor prescibed oral lamisal for a month, it didn't work, griseofulvin for 2 wks now itraconazole foe 2 wks, not helpin?
See a dermatologist: I doubt the diagnosis, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Ring worm can generally be treated by local ointment available over the counter.
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I have had ringworm for a few months now and have taken 2 months worth of oral medication; yet it still sometimes flares up. What could be going on?
If the rash is ringworm (red, marginated, circumscribed,
then applying local OTC Clotrimazole 1% cr (Lotrimin) can resolve over 1-2 months, takes a longer time to clear fungal infection since slow growing. You should not need oral medication for this issue. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more
What are the side effects for a 6 year old taking the oral medications for ringworm of the scalp?
Usually none: As long as a child's doctor is monitoring the child's progress and rechecking him every so often during treatment, no side effects are expected. With children, doctors usually double-check the dosing to be sure it is correct for each child's weight. Some doctors check the blood tests to be sure the results stay normal. ...Read more
What to do if I don't want to get oral medicine from the doctor, what products really kill ringworm?
I have ringworm of the skin. I've used over-the-counter topicals and it is continuing to spread. Would you suggest an oral prescription?
Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis is the medical term for ringworm. Athlete's foot, Men's Jock itch are also caused by the same fungal types. The infection likely runs too deep for the topicals to penetrate. Oral medications like fluconazole, terbinafine or itraconazole work really well. Your doctor should monitor your liver during treatment and you should be pregnant or breast-feeding while taking any of this. ...Read more
Hello, I have been taking oral medication for scalp ringworm for three weeks. The grey patch on my scalp has not faded at all. Any advice? Thanks
See a dermatologist: There is too little information for any other comment. "Ringworm" is not a medical term. Fungus in the scalp hair is very unusual after puberty. I suspect you have seen a practitioner who is naive about skin issues. See a pro and stop the "oral" medication-----what exactly is it? ...Read more
Are there oral medications which do not contain gluten for the treatment of ringworm of the scalp?
Hair is growing around ringworm, but only one strand in the center of ringworm when can I see real hair regrowth? I'm not taking oral meds, only shampoo
Be patient: Did you actually lose hair in the area of the ringworm infection because of the infection or the shampoo? It will likely be at least until you are done with the treatment and the lesion of the ringworm has cleared out (add a few weeks more for good measure) and then, things should start filling in. How large of a defect are we talking about? See the picture? Hair is close at hand. ...Read more
I've been on antifungal oral meds for ringworm for just over a week and before that tried antifungal creams. Am I still contagios?
Do you still have:
LESIONS???? in EXPOSED areas...
If not and provided your clothing has been cleaned/washed
you probably are not contagious
Hope this helps!
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I'm on ketconazole oral for scalp ringworm. Should I put any ringworm cream as well or what else should I be doing to get rid of it?
The med should do it: The germ of scalp ringworm infects the hair root (deep in the skin), which is why topical medications/creams will not kill it off. You can decrease some of the surface evidence of the ringworm quicker if you use the cream, but the oral med gets into the blood and takes germ killer to all areas of the root and scalp and eventually kills it. ...Read more
Good question!: First, make sure of the diagnosis of ringworm. Next, make sure you are not able to use a topical cream or ointment to treat this. Lamasil is "probably" safe in the second and third trimesters but why take the chance if a less "toxic" approach can be made. First, make sure of the diagnosis. If in doubt, check your your obstetrician and with your pcp. Perhaps a dermatologist may weigh in? ...Read more
I have severe ringworm and 12 weeks pregnant. Has anyone ever taken oral Lamisil (terbinafine) during pregnancy?
Check with OB: Would check with your ob. See how comfortable he or she feels about you taking the medication. ...Read more
problem has been going on for 3 months - just started symptoms of ringworm on face and have been taking oral and cream- also eyebrow acne not healing / and painful?
It is difficult to: Properly diagnose and treat skin issues over the internet since we cannot see the areas of concern. What you think is ringworm may be something else. It would be best to see a health care provider (preferably a dermatologist) for an evaluation and appropriate treatment recommendations. ...Read more
Ringworm near eye of 2 I/2 year old. Difficult to put topical med due to location. Can he be put on oral antifungal?
Oral anti fungal: Probably lbut their are systemic side effects that may happen that may not warrant it with one lesion. ...Read more
I was prescribed two weeks of oral Terbinafine for a persistent case of ringworm. I finished taking it two weeks ago. I'm still experiencing gas that causes discomfort between stomach/liver until I belch, and mild fever. Do I need my liver checked?
Wrong question: In the first place "ringworm" is not a medical diagnosis. Terbinafine is very effective for dermatophyte infections. Most diagnoses of "ringworm" are by Drs who are naive about skin conditions, diagnosing fungus when it is actually not. WHAT HAPPENED to your "case of persistent ringworm"? Symptoms now are not related to terbinafine 2 weeks ago. Get diagnosed first, then check gall bladder, etc. ...Read more
What is the best way to clear up and prevent the spread of ring worms in children? We are treating them with prescription cream but is there a oral medication a ten year old can take? She has multiple ringworms at this time.
Terbinafine: Terbinafine has been found to be effective for treating fungal nail infections, is listed as Pregnancy Category B ("Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women") & considered to be reasonably safe. Do discuss with your obstetrician before starting. ...Read more
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
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
Antifungal med: Ringworm is a skin infection secondary to fungus. Medications such as Miconazole applied to the area as directed on the package should be successful. These medications, creams and lotions, are usually in the "foot" section of a pharmacy or grocery store. You should be certain of what you are treating and if it does not improve with treatment see your pcp. ...Read more