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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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What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

Red ring, clear middle: Ringworm rash is slightly raised, red ring with normal looking skin in the middle. It may be slightly itchy or not itchy at all. Home treatments? Tea tree oil, athlete's foot cream [clotrimazole, miconazole, lotrimin, terbinafine, tolnaftate]. Keep it covered. Don't share your clothing, towels, hairbrushes or other personal items. If it spreads or doesn't get better after 4 weeks, then see your doc. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does ringworm look like after 5 weeks of treatment?

Should be cleared up: It should be cleared up after five weeks of treatment. If not improved or resolved it may have been something else or the treatment was not successful. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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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, (terbinafine) mycelex, loprox, mentas & econazole. ...Read more

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What does ringworm on the hand look like after 5 weeks of treatment?

What does ringworm on the hand look like after 5 weeks of treatment?

Ringworm: If properly diagnosed and treated, ringworm of the hand should be completely resolved by 5 weeks. At worse there might be some residual faint pink tint to the skin and it may be a little smoother than normal, but no scarring. In individuals with darker pigmented skin the area of the healed infection is likely to be lighter in color for several months. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for ringworm?

What are the best treatments for ringworm?

OTCs 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 on skin (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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Ringworm keeps recurring even with treatment?

Getting from cats?: Cats and sometimes dogs can have the same infection. You could be getting repeated exposure from them. Also, it may not be ringworm, which is just a type of skin fungus. It could be a different rash. If you have no pet exposure, it may be worth seeing your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ringworm of the body?

Terbinafine: This is now cheap and very safe. Also consider why you have it. You may have an immune deficiency. You may have contacted an infected person or animal. Usual dose is 250 mg pill once a day for 10 days. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for ringworm?

Refer to Grisofulvin: Refer to my answer with the "short answer" being grisofulvin. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a little baby with ringworm?

Topical medication: Topical meds are usually effective and oral are stressful to the yong liver and are not recommended. ...Read more

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How long does it take to see improvement once treatment for ringworm is started?

How long does it take to see improvement once treatment for ringworm is started?

Couple of weeks: Ringworm located on the skin can take a few weeks to resolve. May see it start to fade after about a week. Tinea capitis, or ringworm on the head can take 1-2 months to resolve. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to see improvement in ringworm once treatment is started?

Few days: You should notice improvement in just a few days. If it is not improving it may be due to some other skin condition. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Please help! I have some small ringworm starting what are some good treatments/advice on it?

RINGWORM?: HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS RINGWORM? HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT? DOES IT ITCH? WHERE IS IT LOCATED? SEE A DERMATOLOGIST SOON. IT MAY BE CONTAGIOUS. ...Read more

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How long should it take for ringworm to disappear when using treatment two-three times daily?

Depends on rx: If you are dealing with a superficial fungal infection and are using a prescription medication, it usually takes 4-6 weeks to completely eradicate it. We do not prescribe over the counter antifungals since they are considerable less effective than prescription ones. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for ringworm to disappear when using treatment two-three times daily?

How long is it supposed to it take for ringworm to disappear when using treatment two-three times daily?

Couple of weeks: Ringworm located on the skin can take a few weeks to resolve. Tinea capitis, or ringworm on the head can take 1-2 months to resolve. ...Read more

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What causes ringworm to spread on body? Any treatment for preventing it from happening again?

Back to basics: Most people diagnosed with "ringworm" actually have something else. If you TRUELY have tinea corporis, a superficial fungus colonizing your body, then the important question is how did you get it? Do you have a serious disease with impaired immunity? Do you have chronic fungus on your feet? Most often this came from a person or an animal, most often a cat. These answers are the answers to the ques ...Read more

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Is salicylic acid treatment for ringworm?

Is salicylic acid treatment for ringworm?

Tinea corporis: 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. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Salicylic acid is not a recommended treatment for ringworm. ...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