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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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Visual difference between ringworm and impetigo?

Visual difference between ringworm and impetigo?

Visual: Ringworm typically has a red raised border with a scaly center. Impetigo is described as a "honey crusted lesion" and in fact usually has a yellowish color to it. ...Read more

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What's the difference between ringworm and impetigo?

What's the difference between ringworm and impetigo?

HUGE: Ringworm is a skin infection spread from a person or a cat. The source is usually a kitten. Typically it is scaley with a clearing in the center, slightly itchy, and slowly spreading. Impetigo spreads rapidly, usually the lower face, with honey-colored crusts and maybe blisters. The skin is puffy & sore. Impetigo is transmitted from another person, an infection by strep or staph bacteria. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with impetigo but looks like ringworm, what to do?

Follow instructions: Rashes and other skin lesions are sometimes difficult to definitively diagnose because many of the features of different conditions can overlap. It's best to follow the instructions of the prescribing physician, who is highly trained and experienced. If your rash is not improving after a good faith effort of treatment, other diagnosis should be considered. ...Read more

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What to do if i've been diagnosed with impetigo but looks like ringworm?

What to do if i've been diagnosed with impetigo but looks like ringworm?

Impetigo : If you've been given medicine for impetigo, and it's ringworm, the medicine won't work. Impetigo is a bacterial infection, ringworm is a fungal infection. If there is no improvement in a couple of days; have it rechecked. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with impetigo, but it looks like ringworm - what's going on?

I was diagnosed with impetigo, but it looks like ringworm - what's going on?

Please confirm: These are two very different diagnosis. Impetigo is bacterial and treated with topical &/or oral antibiotics. Ringworm or Tinea is fungal skin infection and is treated with topical antifungal creams and steroids. Impetigo is crusty and pus like in nature http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ringworm/basics/definition/CON-20021104 ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions if i was diagnosed with impetigo, looks like ringworm (repost)?

Bacterial infection: Impetigo is a bacterial infection mainly due to strep. And some times staph. Papules and vesicles covered with yellow crust, common area is face, around the mouth. A course of antibiotics topical and systemic from penicillin family for 10-14 days is the treatment. ...Read more

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I've had impetigo for 2 weeks now, & the cream and antibiotics that the doctor gave me was healing it. But now it's on my side & looks like ringworm?

I've had impetigo for 2 weeks now, & the cream and antibiotics that the doctor gave me was healing it. But now it's on my side & looks like ringworm?

It may well be: It may have been ringworm all along the impetiginized, or you may have a second eruption. You can try over-the-counter ringworm Rx and/or get seen again ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection often caused by strep. The same bacteria that causes strep throat. Impetigo has a yellow crusty appearance of ...Read more


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