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What happens if ringworms are not treated?

What happens if ringworms are not treated?

Ringworm: For Ringworm complications see: http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/128943-complications-ringworm/ ...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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How is ringworm usually treated?

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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Treated ringworm, will it worsen if I tan?

Treated ringworm, will it worsen if I tan?

Yes: The areas where you had ringworm will not tan the same as the rest of your skin. Use a sunscreen this season. ...Read more

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How do fungi cause ringworm? How is it treated?

How do fungi cause ringworm? How is it treated?

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. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of ringworm, should I stay home from school until being treated?

No: This is hard to pass to others. It requires direct contact with the site or spores from the lesions. Scalp infections can be passed through shared grooming tools. Cover the site (s) if you wish, but this is no reason to avoid school. ...Read more

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Chances of reinfection in toddler with ringworm? He presented with a lesion today, the dog was diagnosed 1 week ago. Dog is being aggressively treated

Chances of reinfection in toddler with ringworm? He presented with a lesion today, the dog was diagnosed 1 week ago. Dog is being aggressively treated

Treat again: I'm sorry your child and dog have ringworm! You can get re-infected with ringworm, and the new lesion will have to be treated with the same antifungal ointment. I am assuming that the ringworm is not on the scalp, which is a different treatment. The typical lesion is a circular lesion with raised edges. However, other rashes can mimic ringworm, so it's best to have the pediatrician check it out. ...Read more

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How to get treated for a ringworm of the scalp?

Need prescription!: Ringworm of the scalp is more difficult to treat than ringworm on the body. Once ringworm is on the scalp or in a hairline, oral prescription antifungals are required. This is necessary because the fungus recedes into the hair follicle thus topicals cannot reach to treat. Most oral antifungals work better when taken with a meal, esp fatty foods. Antifungal shampoos can help stop it from spreading. ...Read more

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Treated ringworm-will tanning help the healing?

Treated ringworm-will tanning help the healing?

Tanning: Would not count on tanning to help get rid of your ring worm. But, it can increase your risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get ringworm on the scalp? Is he right?

Ringworm: Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a unique infection, and often will not respond to topical anitfungals. A course of an oral antifungal agent is recommended -- see your doctor! ...Read more

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I was treated for ringworm, it hasn't cleared, from pictures it looks like it could be BCC-about 4" around, what do you recommend if I am uninsured?

I was treated for ringworm, it hasn't cleared, from pictures it looks like it could be BCC-about 4" around, what do you recommend if I am uninsured?

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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I have a rash on my upper back. I've had it for about 3-4 weeks now & we treated it as ringworm. It has not gone away and itches at times.?

I have a rash on my upper back. I've had it for about 3-4 weeks now & we treated it as ringworm. It has not gone away and itches at times.?

Needs to be checked: We do not have enough information to tell you what this rash is without checking itWe don't know what cream you used. But you say it is not going away. I suggest you have it checked by your Promary Care Doctor or a Dermatologist so it can be diagnosed and treated appropriately ...Read more

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Hello. I'm being treated for ringworm, have had many creams and also tablets, Tablet did start to work but had to stop (Liver), Is it my immune.

Hello. I'm being treated for ringworm, have had many creams and also tablets, Tablet did start to work but had to stop (Liver), Is it my immune.

Use creams: What anti fungal medication were you taking for a skin infection?? I suggest using Rx anti fungal cream and consulting with your physician. Certainly, continue to monitor your liver function ...Read more

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Both cat and I have ringworm and being treated with topical creams. But my ringworm continues to spread, including on areas covered by clothes. Help?

Unusual: Your problem may not be ringworm but from something in your clothing if the only involved area is covered by your clothing. New clothing may have been treated with formaldehyde which you may have problem with or it may be from your laundry detergent / anti-static agent. Make sure that your washing machine is rinsing correctly. See dermatologist if problem continues. ...Read more

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I have a ringworm on my neck its old I have treated it many time but it come back again and again. Please tell me a permanent treatment for this?

Sure it is ringworm?: Ringworm is a skin fungus that typically goes away with topical cream (tinactin, micatin, (miconazole) lotrimin) when used for a month. If it recurs it make me wonder if it is indeed ringworm or are you being reinfected? Tea tree oil can help resolve it (will have to use for a month). Selsun blue shampoo washing daily may also help. See a dermatologist for definitive diagnosis if those don't work. ...Read more

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My daughter has ringworm on her ankle being treated with ointment, what is the best way 2 keep it from spreading to rest of family? Any way 2 prevent it

Avoid direct contact: Ring worm is a superficial fungal infection of the skin. It is contracted from direct contact from either an infection or from soil that the organisms are in. Just avoid direct contact and keep any skin that may have been in contact clean with soap and water. ...Read more

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Hi there I have a big circle raised rash which is really itchy..... I got it after I treated my ringworm. ... My ringworm went away then this came?

See a dermatologist: Without being able to see this it is impossible to diagnose. May be another episode of fungal skin infection. ...Read more

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I have had ringworm for nearly 4 months near my elbow. I have treated it with Terbinafine HCl 1%, however it keeps moving around and not going away.

Time to see doctor: It may not be ringworm. It is time to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation, as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesion. ...Read more

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If someone cuts the hair bald, is ringworm then treated as normal or are pills still necessary. Is there any way to get rid of hair ringworm without?

Pills are needed: The fungus gets into the hair follicles that are deep in the skin, and shaving only trims the exposed hair shaft. It is unlikely that topical creams will penetrate deeply enough on scalp hair follicles, but it is usually effective on body ringworm. None of my patients have been successful without pills. ...Read more

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I treated a single ringworm spot on my left breast for 4 weeks. Now I have 2 others on breasts and 1 on leg. What should I do? I also have 3 cats.

Dermatologist: You need to be evaluated by a dermatologist for both diagnosis and treatment as you can't otherwise be sure that you're dealing with ringworm, but if you're correct in your diagnosis you want the best and most effective treatment. ...Read more

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My 12 mo old has a dime size painless lump behind and below his left ear. No fever. He is currently being treated for ringworm and underweight.?

My 12 mo old has a dime size painless lump behind and below his left ear. No fever. He is currently being treated for ringworm and underweight.?

Lymph node: It is likely something called a lymph node, which is a normal functioning part of the immune system. If it's hard, tender, red, hot, or growing, of fails to go away after a long time (a few weeks maybe), have your pediatrician check it out. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I breastfeed my 22 mos. Old baby and I noticed a circular and redness between my nipple and aerola, its a ringworm actually n I treat it with salicylic acid but I didn't breastfeed my child on the treated one actually they have on the both breast

Hi doc, I breastfeed my 22 mos. Old baby and I noticed a circular and redness between my nipple and aerola, its a ringworm actually n I treat it with salicylic acid but I didn't breastfeed my child on the treated one actually they have on the both breast

Check with your OB: I would let your OB make the call as to what he/she would like to see you treat with since any medication to treat fungal infections will be excreted in breast-milk and this could be rough on the infant's liver if ingested. Topical treatment probably the best but even then, some absorption of medication will occur. ...Read more

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Are ringworms deadly if its not treated?

No: Unsightly, difficult to treat occasionally but as a whole these are rather unimportant compared to lots of other germs. They primarily live off the older dead skin that covers our body surface & cannot digest the newer deeper cells. You could take them as similar to head lice in their importance. There are many available over the counter treatments for most cases. A few can get bad, but that's life ...Read more

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My son watched his friends cat. Girlfriend moved in few days later. One night of sleeping on couch she got ringworms. Treated them, house and couch. Week later daughter stayed. 2 days after sleep on couch and go swim she has it now. How treat couch?

Deep vacuuming: Is probably the most effective for upholstered furniture, but keep in mind that once an animal is in the house, the fungal spores can be everywhere and can survive months. Wipe surfaces clean and spray non-porous non-edible surfaces with a fungicidal disinfectant. Check everyone carefully for skin lesions and treat promptly. Not everyone exposed to the fungus will get ringworm lesions. ...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