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Ringworm not a worm: Ringworm is a misnomer since it is a skin disorder produced by fungal organisms. Applying OTC antifungal agents such as Lotrimin AF, Nizoral, or Mycostatin (nystatin) cream should resolve the issue. Apply to the skin lesion including the area immediately outside the"ring" since the fungi spreads outward from the border. Avoid spread to normal skin areas by careful use of towels when drying from bathing. ...Read more
It just fades: It is important to know that "ringworm" is a misnomer because the rash is not caused by a worm at all, but by a surface fungus called tinea corporis. After the fungus has been treated, the rash slowly becomes flatter and then the hyperpigmentation (dark skin) fades over time. ...Read more
I and my family in fact the whole society where I live, is suffering from (ring worms).I consulted at least 3 dermdocs but no use help me please tnx?
Depends: The successful treatment of this process varies with the location. For most skin surfaces there are topical liquids/lotions available over the counter including lotrimin (clotrimazole). Applied twice daily this will often cure simple ringworm. When the infection is in the scalp or nal, an oral prescription med is often required. ...Read more
Ringworm is not a: Worm, but is a fungal skin infection. A person gets it directly from contact with another person's skin who has it, or from contact with a surface that was touched by another person's ringworm, such as a mat used by wrestlers. It is easily treated with a medicated cream. If you think you have it, contact your doctor to be seen. ...Read more
Exposure: The fungal agent of ringworm is found in soil, dust, on humans or animals as a opportunist. It eats the top layers of older skin, leaving behind the healthy younger cells. As it reproduces, its offspring continue their forward movement, creating a rough outer ring, like riples to a rock tossed in a pond. A central area of clearing is expected. Otc meds can help over wks. Not all rings are ringworm. ...Read more
This question usually comes up when there is a request for clearance to return to sport participation (Wrestling)
The appropriate duration of treatment before returning to sport is unknown but most experts agree 10 to 15 days is reasonable time period to restrict participation in sports, assuming that the athlete was treated with an oral anti fungal medication when diagnosis is made ...Read more
First question, yes: Any rash in 12 week old should be seen fairly promptly by the pediatrician or primary doctor. It is very possible for an infant to get ringworm. It is a skin fungus that is usually harmless in healthy older children and adults. Are there any kittens or other new pets in the home? As ringworm is an opportunistic infection, it is important to get correct dx and make sure it isn't serious. ...Read more
Yes going away: It can look that way before clearing. ...Read more
Possibly: "Ring worm" is a common lay term for a fungal infection of the skin. Spores from the fungus are acquired by contact with a source; including animals, humans, or the environment. Once they get on your skin, they live on the surface old skin and tend to spread in a ring. The spores can be shed and acquired or pass by direct contact. Treatment cuts down on spore production and ability to spread. ...Read more
Ringworm is caused by skin fungus. Some cases of ringworm are caused by the same fungus that cause athlete's foot.
For many cases of ringworm on the arms, legs or torso, creams or ointments will get rid of the skin yeast. For widespread cases or for ringworm in the scalp tablets are used. ...Read more
Depends: Ring worms are fungal infections of the skin. They are usually round or irregularly round with a central clearing and a heaped up spreading border. They itch. Small ones can be treated with over the counter terbinafine for a minimum of 2 weeks twice a day. Larger ones and more resistant ones may require an oral medication (same one) or Griseofulvin for a month or more. See pcp or derm if? ...Read more