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Is ringworm treatable with natural products such as mangosteen or nutmeg powder?

Is ringworm treatable with natural products such as mangosteen or nutmeg powder?

Tea Tree Oil: I'm not sure about mangosteen or nutmeg powder for ringworm, but tea tree oil has been shown to help cure athlete's foot nearly as well as a prescription cream. You'd want to apply it twice daily for at least 2 weeks and be sure to keep the skin clean and dry.

I would only try this on the body or feet for a few weeks, not the scalp; if not better, you should see your doctor. ...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 do I treat ringworm?

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 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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What should I use to treat ringworm?

What should I use to treat ringworm?

If in scalp: You will need oral medicine so you must see your friendly physician for a prescription. Otherwise the cream should work. Ketoconazole is another cream readily available over the counter. Happy healing. ...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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Does BlueStar ointment work to treat ringworm?

Claims to....: The active ingredient in Blue Star is Camphor 1.24% - claims are made it treats a variety of things. However, it does not contain any FDA approved antifungal medications and specifically states if not effective after 5 days to consult your MD. Consider other OTC meds - like athlete foot cream lotrimen - for suspected ringworms. Always check with your MD for any rash not responding to OTC products. ...Read more

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My ringworm is spreading everywhere. How can I stop it and treat it?

My ringworm is spreading everywhere. How can I stop it and treat it?

Multiple tinea: When the treatment of multiple ringworm lesions becomes too difficult to treat with topical medications, oral antifungals may be indicated. They are available by prescription only. ...Read more

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I've ignored my ringworm for about a week, maybe two. How should I treat it now?

Ring worm: First be sure of what it is by getting a healthcare worker to examine it and if it is ringworm you could try an over the counter fungal treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat ringworm and to keep it from spreading. Thank you?

Tinea corporis: Fungal infections can thrive in wet moist environments, so be sure to stay clean and dry. Avoid wet ares if possible like public baths, gym mats, etc, and be sure to clean your tub and shower regularly. Topical anti-fungal creams work fine, and should rid oneself of the problem in most cases. For hard to resolve cases, oral medications may be needed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm?

A couple of ways: If the ring worm is small and not on the scalp, topical terbenafine for 2 weeks or longer may be all that is needed. If the lesion is on the face or scalp and does ot respond to topical, then oral medications are indicated. One must treat these long enought to rid the skin of the fungus. Deep infections require oral and even IV therapy. If in doubt, get see by pcp or derm. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm?

Full exam: Studies show topical antifungal medications work very well applied twice a day to ringworm. However, you require a full history and physical exam to rule out conditions which may be associated with you developing such an infection and to confirm the diagnosis. Stay calm and see a doctor. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm?

How to treat ringworm?

Lamisil (terbinafine): Try Lamisil (terbinafine) over the counter twice a day for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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What medications treat ringworm of the skin?

"azole" antifungals: Ringworm is usually treated with different types of "azole" antifungal medicines. These are miconazole, ketoconazole, econazole etc. There is also another type of topical antifungal called allyl-amines. Medicines in this class are better at treating dermatophyte fungal infections (ringworm, athletes foot, jock itch, etc). Examples of these allyl-amines are naftifin and lamisil (terbinafine). ...Read more

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How do you treat a ringworm in a child's head?

How do you treat a ringworm in a child's head?

See the Dr.: Ringworm (which actually is caused by a fungus, not a worm) is not just in the skin of the scalp. It's also in the hair follicle (or root). As a result, antifungal creams won't get rid of it completely -- it might look better but will worsen when the cream is stopped. You'll need to take your child to the Dr. For testing and (if tests are positive) for treatment by mouth for several weeks. ...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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How would doctors recommend I treat ringworm on me and home?

Tips: Otc meds include: lotrimin, micatin, micaderm, Lamisil at and tinactin (tolnaftate). Avoid snugglling up to pets that may have it (bald patches of skin). Wash your towels, sheets, pillow cases and don't share them. Don't share brushes and combs. Wash hands. ...Read more

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What medication can I buy over-the-counter to treat ringworm?

Ringworm: You can try Lotrimin (clotrimazole) to see if it helps. If it doesn't then needs to be checked out, plus if it's on the scalp, the Lotrimin (clotrimazole) will more than likely not work. ...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 can I treat ringworm on the scalp?

How can I treat ringworm on the scalp?

See a doctor: In scalp ringworm the fungus is growing inside the hair follicles, so topical medications are usually ineffective. An oral prescription medication is required in most cases. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How to treat ringworm on child's face?

How to treat ringworm on child's face?

Antifungal cream: Ringworm is not a worm at all, but a fungal infection, the same fungus that causes athletes foot and jock-itch. There are a number of antifungal creams that are safe to use on the face. Two tips, though. First, make sure to treat beyond the edge of the lesion - the fungus usually extends about a 1/2 inch past the edge. Second, be patient. It usually takes 4-6 weeks of continued use to clear up. ...Read more

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Can coconut oi successfully treat ringworm?

I don't know: There aren't any studies to show that coconut oil can help ringworm. You're better off getting some Lamisil (terbinafine) cream otc and applying it twice a day to clear things up. ...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