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The Cause Of Ringworm
Recurrent tinea: The most common cause of recurring ringworm is not using the topical medication long enough (it should be applied at least 3 days after the lesion is no longer visible). Another consideration would be re-exposure from a source such as playmate or pet. When the treatment becomes difficult with topical medications, oral antifungals may be indicated. They are available by prescription only. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
PIPA: Geofridge, you probably have pigment in the dermis from chronic inflammation caused by the fungus, referred to by dermatologists/ dermatopathologists as post inflammatory pigmentary alteration or PIPA. It will take a long time to finally blend away, in some cases years as the melanin is removed from the dermis by histiocytes (macrophages). Dr Hilliard ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is 2 months old & diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis. Does it cause acne/ringworm like rashes on face?
Hard to say: Tuberous sclerosis complex (tsc) can cause certain skin conditions, such as angiokeratomas, which can look like acne. With such an important diagnosis as tsc, you must have already seen a number of specialists - ask your pediatrician if she thinks a visit to a pediatric dermatologist might be helpful. The tuberous sclerosis alliance website (www.Tsalliance.Org) has excellent information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Needs oral med: Ring worm in the scalp which causes loss of hai in that area more common in children but can happen in adults, needs to be treated with oral antifungal drug like grsiofulvin or Lamisil (terbinafine) and as the infection clears completely the hair will grow back. Niozoral shampoo is also used along with oral med which will prevent the growth of fungi as well as kill the pathogen.But shampoo alone will not work. ...Read more
Dermatophytes: Dermatophytes are molds that can invade the superficial layers of the skin and cause infection. There are 3 genera of pathologic dermatophyte fungi: trichophyton, microsporum and epidermophyton. Transfer of infecting organisms from soil, animals of humans is accomplished by arthrospores or vegetative cells with thick cell walls that can survive for more than a year outside their hosts. ...Read more
Really?: First you have to make the diagnosis. Koh exam involves gently scrapping the skin and examine the scales under the microscopic by an md. Ringworm is a fungus acquired by skin to skin contact, soil to skin, or animal to skin. Over the counter Lamisil (terbinafine) cream may cure the problem. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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