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Pregnant(18 weeks) with possible ringworm lesion bikini area, are OTC creams safe to use ?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ringworm/pregnancy

Lamisil (terbinafine) at which is over the counter is a pregnancy category b medication.
This means that animal studies show no risk or adverse fetal effects but controlled 1st trimester studies not available/do not confirm; no evidence of 2nd or 3rd trimester risk; fetal harm possible but unlikely.

In brief: Ringworm/pregnancy

Lamisil (terbinafine) at which is over the counter is a pregnancy category b medication.
This means that animal studies show no risk or adverse fetal effects but controlled 1st trimester studies not available/do not confirm; no evidence of 2nd or 3rd trimester risk; fetal harm possible but unlikely.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Should be OK...

But consult with the OB gyn and get their advice.

In brief: Should be OK...

But consult with the OB gyn and get their advice.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally yes

Topical otc medications for ringworm (lamisil, lotrimin (clotrimazole) etc.
) are safe for use in pregnancy if used as directed on the container.

In brief: Generally yes

Topical otc medications for ringworm (lamisil, lotrimin (clotrimazole) etc.
) are safe for use in pregnancy if used as directed on the container.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally safe

To affect your pregnancy/fetus a medication must enter your blood & travel to the fetus through the placenta.
With rare exceptions, what you put on your skin does not. So topical agents are generally safe. Anything you ingest (food or pill) or drink (water, milk, coffee, alcohol)may enter the blood & be a problem.Review meds and any exotic foods with your OB to be sure none are worrisome.

In brief: Generally safe

To affect your pregnancy/fetus a medication must enter your blood & travel to the fetus through the placenta.
With rare exceptions, what you put on your skin does not. So topical agents are generally safe. Anything you ingest (food or pill) or drink (water, milk, coffee, alcohol)may enter the blood & be a problem.Review meds and any exotic foods with your OB to be sure none are worrisome.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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