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Will cortaid (hydrocortisone) cure a ringworm rash or do I have to use an antifungal cream?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: It can make it worse
The application of Cortaid or similar steroid creams can actually aggravate a true ringworm.
Topical anti=fungal agents like otc tinactin (tolnaftate) are more likely to eliminate the fungus.

In brief: It can make it worse
The application of Cortaid or similar steroid creams can actually aggravate a true ringworm.
Topical anti=fungal agents like otc tinactin (tolnaftate) are more likely to eliminate the fungus.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: DO NOT USE!
Using a steroid cream on a fungal infection is like pouring gasoline on an open fire.
It will become redder, angrier, itchier, larger and "worser". An appropriate antifungal cream is what is need if indeed on oral medication may be needed. This is true especially with fungal infecitons on the scalp. Using for 2-4 weeks is usually needed completely cure the infection. If in doubt, see a doctor.

In brief: DO NOT USE!
Using a steroid cream on a fungal infection is like pouring gasoline on an open fire.
It will become redder, angrier, itchier, larger and "worser". An appropriate antifungal cream is what is need if indeed on oral medication may be needed. This is true especially with fungal infecitons on the scalp. Using for 2-4 weeks is usually needed completely cure the infection. If in doubt, see a doctor.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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