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Which Treatment Works The Best And Fastest For Ringworm On The Scalp
Griseofulvin: Tinea is a fungus, and when it occurs on the scalp it is actually called tinea capitus. Tinea corporis, on the body, is called ringworm, because it causes a ring-like rash. Fungus on the scalp is harder to treat than on the body. Rinworm responds to creams, like lamisil, (terbinafine) for about 2 weeks, but the scalp requires an oral medicine, like griseofulvin, and for a longer period of time (6-12 weeks). ...Read more
Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more
Anti-fungals: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). Clean the area, dry it and then apply the cream several times per day. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more
Creams at pharmacy: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). Clean the area, dry it and then apply the cream several times per day. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more
Are there oral medications which do not contain gluten for the treatment of ringworm of the scalp?
Ringworm: Tinea corporis --ringworm of the body // capitis = head can be treated with otc lotrimin (clotrimazole). It is necessary, to keep scalp clean, perhaps with an anti dandruff shampoo. Years ago tar shampoos helped this condition stress can make it worse. But please be checked for high blood sugar -diabetes mellitus, hot sweaty work environments contribute. Some pts skin seems to allow easier infection. ...Read more
I have psoriasis and ringworm in my scalp what kind of medicated shampoo treatment it's recommended over the counter?
See a Dermatologist.:
Psoriasis may benefit from an steroid containing lotion/solution x scalp.
Ringworm will require antifungals (against tinea) these too are very difficult to cure and I believe there is no good treatment over the counter.
Nizoral shampoo is good for dandruff and tinea versicolor but I doubt will cure psoriasis or ringworm. Best option is to see a dermatologist or a pcp who has been successful ...Read more
Refer to Grisofulvin: Refer to my answer with the "short answer" being grisofulvin. ...Read more
Stubborn...: Unfortunately, the skin of the scalp is particularly stubborn and most of the time requires oral medication for weeks to months to clear up tinea. It is best to see you doctor or a dermatologist to MAP out a care plan, as the treatment can have side effects, especially on your liver. Wish I had better news, but you are likely wasting time and money using over-the-counter meds for this. ...Read more
Topical medication: Topical meds are usually effective and oral are stressful to the yong liver and are not recommended. ...Read more
What's the best treatment for ringworm behind your knee? I tried lotrimine but it's not working for me. Thanks
OTC creams: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). Clean the area, dry it and then apply the cream several times per day. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more
Fungus of scalp: A ring worm, is in fact, not a worm, but a microscopic germ called a fungus. Most scalp ringworms occur in children, and if you are an adult, it is likely that what you have is not really s ring worm, or fungus, but something else. It is very hard to get rid of scalp ring worm without an internal medicine, and I suggest you go to a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis, and good treatment. ...Read more
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. Patches that have been treated and healing may have a temporary brown discoloration. ...Read more
Hi, I have scabs on my scalp I wash my hair and had previous medical treatment like shampoo's but nothing works?
Try t-gel: Neutrogena T-gel which is sold OTC at pharmacies may possibly work for you if you haven't already tried it. ...Read more
Cutis aplasia: A skin defect is occasionally found on the scalp of newborns & may be finger tip sized or as big as a grapefruit in diameter. The small defects usually gradually become smaller with age & simple cleaning & coverage with antibiotic ointment will prevent complications. Over sized defects may overly an enlarged soft spot & a protective helmet & consultation with a plastic surgeon is in order. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the severity and how responsive it is to treatment. Psoriasis is a disease where the body attacks its own wrapper from within. For some folks, all it takes is some topical medicines and maybe steroids. Other folks require more powerful medications that turn down the immune system. You need to work with your doc to decide what works best in your case. ...Read more
What's the best, safest and most efficient biological treatment for scalp psoriasis? Thanks much!
Many options: There are quite a few options out there. It would start with a good combination of scalp shampoos - I usually have my patients alternate 2 or even 3 types. Depending how extensive the scalp psoriasis is, steroid impregnated topicals with or without a vitamin d analog can be helpful. You need to see your dermatologist for an individualized treatment plan. There is hope! ...Read more
What is the best treatment for psoriasis on my scalp? It affects my face as well. Are there any foods I should be avoiding?
Below: Best advice is to see a Dermatologist for exam and treatment ...Read more
Tea tree oil: Pt depends on the form of tea tree oil and how dry or oily your skin is. You can apply after shampoo and leave it. Or, prior to shampoo leave on for 5-10 min and wash out. ...Read more
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