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Does ringworm require oral antibiotics?

Does ringworm require oral antibiotics?

See below: Ring worm is treated with a topical anti fungal ointment. ...Read more

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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Will the ringworm turn into oral thrush?

Will the ringworm turn into oral thrush?

Unlikely to happen: Both diagnoses are caused by separate agents. Fungal/yeast infections are rather specific with the site where they cause infection. In this case neither will crooss over to trigger the other infection. ...Read more

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How long do you take oral medication for ringworm?

How long do you take oral medication for ringworm?

Usually local: Ring worm can generally be treated by local ointment available over the counter.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm taking oral meds for ringworm why it is spreading?

Its probably not: ringworm. see your derm for scraping to verify if it's ringworm. But most of the time ringworm can be treated with topicals ...Read more

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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?

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?

Ringworm: 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

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What's is the best oral treatment for ringworm?

Antifungal: Ketoconazole comes to mind, but depends on what is available in your country. Check with your pharmacy or Doctor in your country. In the US pharmacies are very helpful in giving patients information about prescription medications and literature. ...Read more

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I took oral terbinafine, but I still have signs of ringworm, could it be something else?

Try a topical.: Try a topical antifungal applied directly to the afffected area. Oral terbinafine is not 100% effective, keep that in mind. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter oral medication can help with ringworm on scalp?

Scalp ringworm: You can try tinactin (tolnaftate) or Nizoral cream. Ring worm in this area of the body can be hard to get rid of and you may need to get a prescription from you doctor if those are not working. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for a 6 year old taking the oral medications for ringworm of the scalp?

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

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What to do if I don't want to get oral medicine from the doctor, what products really kill ringworm?

What to do if I don't want to get oral medicine from the doctor, what products really kill ringworm?

Topicals: Topical medications for ring worm include: lamisil, mycelex, loprox, mentas & econazole.
Otc meds include: lotrimin, micatin, micaderm, Lamisil at and tinactin (tolnaftate). ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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

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I've been on antifungal oral meds for ringworm for just over a week and before that tried antifungal creams. Am I still contagios?

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!

Dr Z ...Read more

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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

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Severe ringworm and 12 weeks pregnant. Can I take oral Lamisil (terbinafine) during pregnancy?

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

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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

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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

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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

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What oral antifungal to use against trichophyton rubrum when you intend to get pregnant soon?

What oral antifungal to use against trichophyton rubrum when you intend to get pregnant soon?

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

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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?

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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What causes ringworm?

A fungus: The most common cause is a fungus called trichophyton tonsurans. ...Read more

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How to cure ringworm?

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

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What's test 4 ringworm?

Micro exam, culture: Most of the time a dermatologist can diagnosis ringworm on visual exam alone. However, a microscopic exam (koh) or fungal culture (dtm) can be used to confirm the diagnosis. ...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