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What does a ringworm rash look like when its healing and what could be the best treatment besides lotriman?

What does a ringworm rash look like when its healing and what could be the best treatment besides lotriman?

Options: Symptoms of ringworm include scaly, red patches of skin that itches and may blister. It may be a red circle with a center of normal skin (which is why it looks like a ring). Topical medications for ring worm include: lamisil, mycelex, loprox, mentas & econazole. ...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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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 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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If I scratch the rash, little flakes fall off of it. Could this be ringworm?

If I scratch the rash, little flakes fall off of it. Could this be ringworm?

Can't visualize: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to get rid of ringworm without going out and buying medications?

Could you tell me what's the best way to get rid of ringworm without going out and buying medications?

Topical antifungals: You have to go out and buy something. It won't go away on its own. Apply a topical antifungal treatment that you can buy over the counter to the involved skin several times a day until 1 week after the rash has resolved. You can use the same treatments that are used for athlete's foot. ...Read more

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Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more