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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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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 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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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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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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Whats 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

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