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I think I've have ringworm for years now but no one else close to me has it. Could that happen?

I think I've have ringworm for years now but no one else close to me has it. Could that happen?

Yes & no: I think the chances of it really being ringworm if you have had it for years is small. There are several skin disorders that can have a similar appearance. However, you can get ringworm from the soil, persons or animals, so the possibility remains. ...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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I got bit by a bug 3 weeks ago and the bite is still there. It almost looks like ringworm but it doesn't itch or spread. What could it be?

I got bit by a bug 3 weeks ago and the bite is still there. It almost looks like ringworm but it doesn't itch or spread. What could it be?

Maybe a tick bite: If this is the case, you may be experiencing what is called an "erythema migrans". I recommend seeing your doctor or else get referred to either a dermatologist or an ID specialist. Depending on the geographic location, the rash may represent certain tick borne infections such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Human Granulocytic Erlichiosis, Human Monocytic Erlichiosis and several others. ...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?

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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Could ringworm happen on penis?

Could ringworm happen on penis?

Yes, But...: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, similar to the fungus that causes athlete's foot and jock itch. It can affect any skin on any part of the body. However, on your penis, it may also be overflow from jock itch or even yeast under the foreskin. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I put neosporin on a ringworm?

Please tell me, could I put neosporin on a ringworm?

Unlikely to help: Neosporin is designed as an antibiotic that can kill bacteria, it is not helpful against the fungus of ringworm. ...Read more

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What's the strongest ringworm cream that I could buy?

What's the strongest ringworm cream that I could buy?

They are similar: There are several available--lamisil, lotrimin, tinactin (tolnaftate) etc. Are similar in efficacy. You don't really need strong, just have to be the right medicine. The strength available are appropropriate/adequate to treat commom skin fungal/ringworm infections (not beard/scalp areas). If not better in about 2 wks, consult doc for proper diagnosis/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! A friend had ringworm and she came over and sat on my couch. Could I catch from contact with my couch?

Stop worrying: Ringworm fungi are everywhere. It's dumb luck and nobody knows exactly why one person catches it at a particular time. I'm glad you've got a good friend; don't worry about it. ...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

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How to remove ringworm?

Direct contact: Most commonly the family pet brings it in the house. Give the pet a bathe if you have an outbreak. ...Read more

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How do I treat ringworm?

Anti fungals..: Anti fungal creams like clotrimazole can help with this. You can find them over the counter. If despite this treatment you still have symptoms consult your PCP or Dermatology for a accurate evaluation. There are other skin conditions that resemble ringworm and might need other type of treatment. ...Read more

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What to do for ringworm?

Ring worm: See you physician to make sure it is ring worm and start topical therapy
if it is on scalp, nails - oral medication is needed. ...Read more

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What exactly is a ringworm?

Ringworms: Dermatophytes (skin fungi) survive on dead layer of keratin protein on top of skin & cause infection. They rarely invade deeper layers of skin. ...Read more

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How can you catch ringworm?

Contagious: Ringworm can be spread from skin to skin contact with another person or with an animal like your cat or dog. It can be spread on combs, brushes, towels, clothes, sheets, etc. ...Read more

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How do people get ringworm?

Fungus: It is caused by a fungus that gets into the top layers of skin. It is not a systemic infection, it is just in the skin. The offending types of fungi are found in the soil, on pets, and on other people, just to name a few! ...Read more

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How long does ringworm last?

Ringworm: Ringworm, aka fungus or tinea, can last and can spread until it is effectively treated. It is best to get a prescription for an antifungal to treat it. ...Read more

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Why is ringworm so stubborn?

Please clarify: Was the diagnosis made by a physician? Were you treated and how? How long was the treatment? Please provide as much detail as you can. ...Read more

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How did I contract ringworm?

Moisture: Warm and moist areas of the body can predispose someone for contracting a fungus. Cleansing the skin and drying the area well can prevent infection. ...Read more

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What does ringworm look like?

Varies: But as the name suggests, it is often in round lesions. The patches are typically scaly or bumpy, often with central clearing. They may be itchy. They may be pink or may be more or less flesh-colored. See your doctor if you are not certain. ...Read more

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What does ringworm look like?

What does ringworm look like?

Which part: Like this if on arm. In the head it looks a bit different. ...Read more

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What does ringworm look like?

Scaly and itchy rash: Often confused with dry skin or eczema, ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, contracted from contact with something or someone contaminated with it. It appears as a round or oval patch of dry scaly skin, slightly raised above the skin level. It has a well defined border, and can be itchy, additional areas of rash can spread from the initial. It is properly treated with antifungal cream. ...Read more

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How did my baby get ringworm?

How did my baby get ringworm?

Direct contact: Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. The typical skin lesion of ringworm is round and scaly, and it is itchy. Your baby can get ringworm if he or she touches the lesion in someone who has ringworm, or if they touch a toy or an object or an animal that has the fungus. ...Read more

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What does ringworm look like?

What does ringworm look like?

Ring Worm: Ringworm is a common fungal skin infection otherwise known as tinea. Ringworm most commonly affects the skin on the body (tinea corporis), the scalp (tinea capitis), the feet (tinea pedis, or athlete's foot), or the groin (tinea cruris, or jock itch).

http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/ss/slideshow-ringworm ...Read more

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How can people catch ringworm?

How can people catch ringworm?

Contact: You closely contact with people with ringworm or his/her clothings, shoes, socks, etc. ...Read more

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What is the name of ringworm?

Fungus: There are many species of fungus that can cause a "ringworm". It is not a worm and its common name comes from its tendency to form ring like changes on infected skin. The germ eats the oldest layer, growing outward from its start point like ripples made in a pond after you toss a rock. Clinicians call it "tinea" and add a locator, like tinea corporis for ringworm on the body. ...Read more

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How does one contract ringworm?

Physical contact: Ringworm is a contagious skin infection that is actually caused by a fungus and not by a worm. It is spread by direct contact with an infected person or animal and has also been known to spread by contact with contaminated personal items like towels and sports equipment. See you family doctor or dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis, as well as for treatment. ...Read more

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Can I get ringworm from my pet?

Can I get ringworm from my pet?

Yes: It is possible to get ringworm (tinea corporis) from both humans and household pets, depending on who has the fungus. Tinea is contagious, but not super contagious to healthy people, so it is hard to predict how much contact with a person or animal it takes for one to get a rash. ...Read more

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What's a good creme for ringworm?

What's a good creme for ringworm?

Lamisil, (terbinafine)micatin: Lamisil (terbinafine) af or mication will work on ringworm in areas that are accessible to cream. In hair bearing areas an oral antifungal is necessary. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ringworm?

See the doctor!: Rash has to be looked at and if it is ringworm your baby's doctor will prescribe anti fungal cream ...Read more

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How is ringworm usually treated?

Ringworm: Ringworm is usually treated with either over-the-counter or prescription antifungal creams for 7-14 days. Resistant or extensive cases warrant prescription oral medications for 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How do I tell if it is ringworm?

Ringworm: Symptoms of ringworm include:
itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze.
The patches tend to have sharply-defined edges.
Red patches are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may look like a ring.
If ringworm affects your hair, you will have bald patches.
If ringworm affects your nails, they will become discolored, thick, and even crumble. ...Read more

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What can I do to manage ringworm?

Week or 2 of otc med: Depending on the site, most ringworm will respond to otc anti-fungals that are applied to the area 2x daily with clearing expected within 2wks. If in the scalp, a dr's visit for confirmation & initiation of oral anti-fungal agent is often necessary because the infection is deep in the hair root, well below the reach of topical agennts. ...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