Ringworm Treatment

Dr. Greene, my little sister has a ring worm, whatever that is, on her leg right underneath her buttocks. We took her to the doctors and they said to use Tinactin cream. Does this sound right?? I’ve never heard of using a cream for ring worms — friend of mine said they were put on antibiotics — plus if it’s not inconvenient, may I get a little information on what exactly a ring worm is, and how you pick them up??? They said she probably picked one up in the grass at one of our BBQ’s, is that possible??? Thank you very much for reading my question, I’m just a very protective and concerned big sister. God Bless!

P.S. Thank you very much for having this (Dr.Greene’s HouseCalls). I’ve gone through about what seems like a thousand topics and I’ve learned a lot, hopefully someday I too will become a pediatrician. (In about 10 years, not too bad eh??) Once again, Thanx a million!!!!!!!
Sincerely, Pearl C. – 14 years old – O.C., California

Ringworm Treatment

Dr. Greene`s Answer:

Pearl, you sound like an awesome big sister! Your little sister is really lucky to have someone like you watching out for her and helping her to learn about her own health. Taking her to the doctor AND making sure you understand the truth yourself is a winner combination. It sounds to me that you really are on the road to becoming a great Pediatrician.

Ringworm is NOT a Worm

Infections by worms have been recognized since antiquity. Treating some of these infections was among the few notable successes of early doctors. Physicians adopted as their professional symbol a staff encircled by two worms. This symbol, the caduceus, is used to this day.

One of the more obvious worm infections was one which we today call cutaneous larva migrans. As the worms travel through the body just under the skin, scaly red lines mark their paths. These lines are actually inflammatory reactions to the worms.

A very similar skin finding, with raised scaly rings instead of straight lines, was also noted in antiquity.

This infection came to be called ringworm, since the worms apparently traveled in laps around a short circle, rather than in a wandering line. Ringworm typically lasted several months and then, thankfully, resolved on its own. The infection was known to be mildly contagious, but the worm itself was never seen. It was a great mystery.

Some people thought that the ringworm skin lesions looked rather like the holes made in garments by moths — flat in the center, with a raised border. During the Middle Ages physicians began calling this infection tinea, the name of a common family of moths. Physicians added a descriptive word to the name to specify where on the body the infection was located: ringworm infections on the head were called tinea capitis, on the body tinea corporis, on the feet tinea pedis. They also had specific names for the same infection found in the groin, armpit, facial hair, or nails.

Ringworm is a Fungus

It was not until 1837 that the true cause of ringworm was found. A Polish physician looking at scrapings from the skin of people with ringworm identified a fungus (that he then massaged into his own arm!). Over the next several years, a number of investigators proved that what we call ringworm is always a fungal infection. This was the first time that any microscopic organism was ever proven to cause human disease. It has no connection at all with worms, other than the similar appearance of the skin lesions.

Fungi are tiny plants that survive by eating plant or animal material. The ringworm fungi feed on keratin — the material found in the outer layer of skin, hair, and nails. These fungi thrive best on skin that is moist, hot, and hidden from the light. When this infection is found on the feet, it is commonly called athlete’s foot; when it is found in the groin it is commonly called jock itch; and when it is found on the body it is still called ringworm. Up to 20 percent of the population has one of these infections at any given moment.

Ringworm is Mildly Contagious

Ringworm is very mildly contagious. It can be caught from domestic animals (especially dogs and cats) as well as most farm animals. The infection can be caught from the animal directly, or from anything the animal rubs against (yes, Pearl, your sister could have gotten it from playing on the ground at the BBQ). Ringworm can also be caught from other humans, both by direct contact and by prolonged contact with flakes of shed skin (from sharing clothes or from house dust, for instance). Wrestlers commonly spread it back and forth with their sweaty contact (tinea gladiatorum!).

To catch ringworm, you have to be exposed to it and you have to be susceptible. Some people are much more susceptible than others. Those with eczema or other skin problems get ringworm more easily because the protective barrier of the skin’s outer layer is less intact. Children are more susceptible before puberty. Boys get it more easily than girls. Some people are genetically predisposed, and can get it easily throughout life (like me!).

How to Treat Ringworm

The treatment for ringworm is one of the many effective topical antifungal creams, such as miconazole (Tinactin) or clotrimazole (Lotrimin). Several of these antifungal creams are now available without a prescription. Treatment may require several weeks. Only by treating for at least one week after the resolution of symptoms (and for a total of at least 4 weeks) can one guarantee eradication. (Pets can be treated with the same medicines, but this is difficult, since they often don’t get a rash with their infections. Contact your pet’s veterinarian to get up-to-date information on the best treatment for animals). As soon as treatment has begun it’s fine for her to play with others, but it’s best not to share clothing or to let other children rub the patch of ringworm.

Rarely, when ringworm of the body is resistant to topical therapy, we use oral antifungal medications for about one month.

When ringworm is found in the nails or on the scalp the infection is much more difficult to eliminate. Prolonged treatment with a prescription oral anti-fungal medicine (as well as other topical medicines) is usually necessary. Scalp ringworm is a major cause of hair loss, and should be treated aggressively.

Pearl, I expect that your sister’s patch of ringworm on her leg will clear up with the Tinactin. In the meantime, thanks for watching out for her!

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. Anne

    Sir
    I am 21 years old and have been suffering from ringworm from the last 9 months. At first I thought it was a mild irritation but it started getting bigger in round shape with the edge severed so I bought one ointment and apply over the affected area but that doesn’t work at all. So I tried all kinds of antifungal ointment suggested by some friends and colleagues. Also one such friends suggested me to take one pill called Canditral 150 mg…I tried that too but the cure didn’t last long and since then it looks like it has worsen now it has spread like over most on my body like my right leg calf both back and front, the area between both my thighs, between my buttocks, my waist line, my left underarms and shoulders.
    Please help me…I am sick of this and had to struggle with the itches and irritation specially outside the public place.

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  2. Amy

    Hi Dr. I got ringworm when I was a teenager and I applied some ointment which my mother uses for her ringworm I don’t remember the name anymore and it went away but keeps on coming back every summer sometimes even in winter and a pharmacist suggest me to use terbinafine and I used it for 4-5 years everytime the ringworm shows up and it will go away but this time it’s getting worse and spreading to many areas also I started getting very small blisters all over my arms and buttocks so I stopped terbinafine and applied bleach but not helping.I m also under treatment for pigmentation and I am applying glycolic acid and kojic acid so is this the reason m getting blisters? I really need help to get rid of this ringworm. Thanks Amy

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  3. Sarafrye

    I have taken Griseofulvin 250mg from Internationaldrugmart website for my ringworm. After two days I have seen a noticeable change.

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  4. Patrick

    I’m 21 years old male. I have been suffering from ringworm almost 3 years now. I also visited dermatologist in which he prescribed me kitoconazole cream, tablet and powders,
    I aslo took moconazole, terbinafine, fourderm etc, tried treating with organic coconut oil,by bleaching, pasting with baking soda on the affected area. But none of them work. I have tried all the best I can, applied all the best advices I got. Now m hopeless, pain but still fighting for it.

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    • Vaibhav Sharma

      Dear Mr. Patrick,

      The same situation is here… i’m also continuously fighting with this problem.. Here I have so many Ringworms on my thighs.. And I have to face the irritation… I already used so many treatment prescribed by the dermatologists. but the situation is still as usual.
      Please help !!!

      Regards
      Vaibhav Sharma

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  5. Gibrilla akim sesay

    I have facing clothes what is the appropriate medicine to be used to cure it fastly

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  6. roopa

    hi sir,
    iam sufferring from fungal infection since 1 year,i tried many medicines but after stoping using medicines again im getting back the infection,so please predict me the permenant solution.

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  7. ALEX

    Sir i am suffering ringworm from last 8 month.. i used so many medicine and cream but not get rid of it.

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  8. Falling_safe

    Hi so I got ringworm and I started using the topical cream immediately and at first it got better but now it is bigger and redder I have been using the cream as directed (clean dry skin apply twice a day) i don’t know what to do the fungus is on my inner calf

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  9. Padam Lama

    I am suffering from ringworm severely since 8 months and i took all medicines it isn’t working sir please provide me ideas to cure it sir.
    Thanks…

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    • mayank pandey

      Sir i am suffering ringworm from last 8 month.. i used so many medicine and cream but not get rid of it.
      Cream like terbinfine dermiken candid gold walderm panderm dk gel chitomes sf .. and pils also like fulaknozole intracazole and so on but no improvent.. so plzz suggest me best remdii sir

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  10. Padam Lama

    Dear sir!

    I am from Nepal sir and i am suffering from ringworm since 8 months and still am severely sufffering from it. And I took medicines and creams on skin but it is not working. please sir do kind to me and post me some ideas to cure it.
    Thanks.

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  11. Ali

    Hello I am 24 years old and my ringworm appears 3rd time in last six month what to do to solve them permanatly?

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    • sarika

      hii,, if its possible please try to use this trick. it worked for me . whatever antifungal creams you have, or if you dont have , please buy any 4 best creams and then take every cream on your finger (pea sized), mix them well, and apply thrice in a day…and at night , apply the cream and bandage the affected area (only at night) and remove at morning…. see the result in 4 day… it really works frnzz.. atleast it worked for me. i used ” ring gaurd , candid-b , b-tex , micoprox creams all together by mixing… please take doctors advice .. ;

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  12. richard hmar

    Am now 18 years old boy i got this ringworm last year at the school camping from my friend,i applied more of medicine taking stripe ,appling cream ,using another soap.. but till now it still growing and cant stop….. almost all my body is cover with…. even my face… please if anyone can tell me the cure of this….

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  13. Achem

    Hi Dr
    I was infected by ringworm when I! was just 12 years old and still iam suffering. I have applied more than dozens of medicine but still it goes away for some time and comes back as soon as I stop applying it. I need to get rid of this please suggest me something a sophisticated way out.
    Thank you!

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  14. Pranav patel

    Sir,My self pranav patel,Age- 21 years,Ihave a ringworm on whole of my body since 5 month and itching to much mostly at night, I have treated by many doctors but seen no good result.I have already used terbinafine hydrochloride,ofloxacin,ornidazole andclobetasol propionate cream and clobetasol propionate,neomycin sulphate,miconazole nitrate and chlorhexidine gluconate cream n one tablet fluconazole tablets ones in a week….so doctor please suggest me what should i do now

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  15. vedant kharje

    sir i am from india i too have ring worms they r too many on my body how can i remove them my family is to geting infected coz of it

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  16. abhiram

    sir I am affected from jock itch and ringworm both severely for 3months I have already used nearly 10 different kinds ointment, but it’s not healing. Pllzzz plzzzz help me. …………………………

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    • Person people

      Apply selsun shampoo to affected area twice daily. Sounds mad but my 17 year old son has had it for 18 months, tried every cream, even an oral medication from docs no avail, finally found something that is working. Hope it helps someone else too!

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      • Mintu sonowal

        i am suffering frm Ringworm i tried almost everything my family also getting infected because of it. day by day it increasing. please help

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    • Person people

      Apply selsun shampoo to the affected area twice daily. After over a year thus has finally worked for my son.

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  17. talak bahadur gautam

    Dear doctor,
    l am 35 years old it started about 1 years back my her scalp it looks like dandruff that is very itchy and hard as well is bleeds when she scratched I check doctor doctor they gave fluconazole & ketaconazole it stopped but 15 day after returned again I need help desperately please help

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  18. Er D S Dabi

    hello sir
    from the last two year I’m suffering from fungal infection at my private means V of legs and on penis. sir i have uses number of anti-fungal creams but initially some creams works than sane problem. i have taken treatment for these problem but same initially work after that over.

    now sir what should i have to do?

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  19. sonia

    sir
    i am suffering from ring worm about a year
    when i take medicine they gone but after leaving
    the become active again
    plzz help me sir

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  20. Sangeeta

    Dear Doctor
    I have a younger sister she is about 16 years old. It started about 2 years back. She has this patches on her scalp it looks like dandruff that is stuck there…very itchy and hard as well it bleeds when she scratches. I took her to a doctor they gave fluconazole and antibiotics also a shampoo that has ketoconazole ..and anti fungal cream.. It stopped for 2 weeks and returned again..we changed the doctor this new doctor gave her griseofulvin and anti fungal cream.. But no change it is still there…I scratch it off for her every weekend and apply an anti fungal cream…though it’s not at all helpful I cannot see her suffering like this.. I need help desperately…plz helppp

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    • Lilia

      Hi, my children 7 and 3 recently have gotten ringworm both on scalp and entire body its been 3 weeks now and the body lesions are healing and almost completely gone. the scalp on my son was treated at same time as body and are healing quite well and not getting any larger. when i first found out what this was on them i freaked out
      Ring worm as you know is a PAIN!!! here is what i did and it is working great!
      1: strip beds ALL bedding, pillows, stuffed animals, carpet, draperies must be cleaned.
      2: apply anti fungal cream 2 times a day all over (like lotion). i found some at walmart Pro-ex clotrimaxole cream $.88 and has all the same ingredients as name brand.
      3. buy tea tree oil and add a little into your shampoo and use daily
      ***4. buy whole garlic and coconut oil. take a clove smash into 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and smash well keep in a jar of some sort it will stink. apply to scalp 2x a day morning and night. ( does miracles) . reg topical ointment does not penetrate scalp but garlic does and coconut oil is a natural anti fungal.
      5. be consistant , this is a beast it will spread if you let your guard down.
      6. wash pillow cases everyday or change. you can continue to be reinfected if it is in your bedding

      good luck !

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  21. Udhaya

    Iam not cure pls sugges idea

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  22. Udhaya

    No medicine can achive these. But the detoul was cure the disease pls use that. But iam not cure beacause iam affected by this deaseas very. Thank u

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  23. KittyP

    I have ringworm on my hand since 12years ago when I started doing household work. It started on my right hand.1st on little finger and later with the next 3fingrs and back of hand now it still happen sometimes but not very serious as before. Later on watch worn (left and right wrist), but now it gone. Last 4-5year started on thigh and still here and look like eczema. My skin seem so sensitive and easy to be itchy if I wear long tight clothes whole day, clean dishes or wash clothes. Can anyone kindly share me how to completely cure it forever? I’m a contact lenses user for 3-4years and I use them everyday. My contact lenses are always 1year disposable. So, is it possible that eczema or ringworm spread to my eyes? Which parts? Such as eyeballs or eyelids…. etc. what kind of illness can cause to eyes by these 2skin illnesses?

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    • KittyP

      Around 6months now. I also have itchy only my leg, it turn black and a bit callous. I also found middle finger of the foot callous, itchy and rubbed, but just few months it gone. I wonder can tinea and eczema cure completely, how? Can these 2illnesses spread to other parts of body and other people like my children. Please kindly answer all my questions in details. Thanks you.

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  24. kiaraoi

    sir how the miconazole topical cream healed the ringworm area

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  25. Madison

    I’ve had ringworm really badly on my arms for almost a year now. I’ve used all of the otc creams, an in shower wash, vinegar and salt. None of it has worked. I dont have insurance so I can’t afford to go to the doctor. Any at home treatments that would work?

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    • kristina

      I do not have insurance either. It cost me about $60 to see the doc and about $20 for the prescription. A tube of anti fungal creme is less than $20.

      Ive had to refill my prescription twice and bought 3 tubes of creme…. about $150 jus to treat ringworm which I have had for 4 months!

      STILL NOT DONE UGH

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    • roxy

      The best remedy for me is use the jamaican blue soap. I like the bottle one. I take a little and dab it on the affected area after bathing.

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    • Biohazard

      I have had ring worm for a few months now on my chest and tops of legs. I have used all the creams available and none of them touched it. Now I’m using clear nail varnish as I read some where this will suffocate the infection and it will die after 3 days. I have seen a dramatic change. It’s working not only that there’s much less risk of it spreading as its sealed under the nail varnish (has to be clear nail varnish).

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    • Person people

      Apply selsun shampoo to the affected area twice daily

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  26. Jyoti thakral

    Sir my husband suffer hand ringworm last 4-5 year plz sugges treatment

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  27. Adesola Taiwo

    Thank you Dr. Greene for sharing this piece with us. And Anonymous, please kindly read the article again. He emphasized the fact that ringworm is a fungus and not a worm. Thanks.

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    • saiar khatun

      Sir I’m very tired for my ring worm on my face. What can I do for my face?

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  28. Anonymous

    Im sorry, but whoever this doctor is, is a … quack. Ringworm is a fungus, not a god damn worm…This site lost all credibilty.

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    • Thanks for your comment. Dr. Greene took a second look and realized that you had to read past the fourth paragraph to get past the historical (incorrect) diagnosis. He’s added Subheadings to make it easier for the reader who’s scanning the text, as many readers do these days.

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  29. pankaj joshi

    age 26 i am suffering from ringworm at neck abdomin thigh and skin rashes at groin area since last 1 year i have used tab terbinafin and fluconazole oint miconazole it subside for some time and after some time it again group

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  30. Malloc

    Hello guys.. Im also suffered from ringworm.. But a drug call itraconazol with 100mg power is very use for treatment of ringwarm..

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  31. Beth

    Thank you for conducting a forum free of charge!! I think it’s awesome that I could look up treatment for ring worm and find an unbiased and very explanatory professional to give me direction. You are so much better than mednet or web dr, and get extra points for your compassion. Thanks again!!, B

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  32. dani

    I noticed on my husbands buttocks a almost perfect ring circling both butt cheeks..one huge circle.. Its almost like he sat on a hot bucket and got burned which he didn’t do. Could this be ringworm?

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  33. Prashant

    Hi Dr.

    I am suffering from ring worm since long between my thighs sometimes even on private part, on butt and on feet, too (between the fingers and also on top). It has an alternate process through which it grows and terminates automatically, but is spreading quickly over the thigh. It spreads in circles. Please suggest any permanent solution to this irritating disease.

    Thank you
    Prashant

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    • Aubrey

      I also have the same problem between my thighs for years now and its starting on my hands and arms aswell.Ive been to several Doctors but none of the ointments were helpfull.I also need advice on how to treat this and get rid of it for good please.Thank you.

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  34. Timea

    I had the same problem on my hand a few years ago. It`s important to stay informed… Thank Dr. Greene for the post. For those of you who want a few more info, I would recommend also watching some videos on the subject…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGcgcLwEcl4

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  35. Nana Ama Acquah

    Hello, am a 24 year old female and I have had ringworm infection since I was 19. The infection is recurrent and on the same spots. I have them on my thighs and my buttocks and sometimes on my arms but its always on the same spot. I have tried both oral and topical drug combinations but to no avail. The recent prescription I got is Terbinafine but I really am not optimistic about getting it because nothing seems to work. Please help me find a solution to this problem as I am really worried about my situation.

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  36. kgomotso

    Hi, I have a 6year baby boy. he has a worm on his head and is painful. it become swallowing so I don’t know what to do please.

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  37. David

    Can new signs of infection appear during oral treatment of ringworm?

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  38. sarath

    i am affected by ringworm between my thighs for more than a year. It had increased day by day.
    please help me to cure it.

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  39. Alex

    I would literally place a burned metal right where they are building their fv***n base if i have no other choice yea.

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  40. rebecca

    Hi, my name is Rebecca. I have a ringworm in my HEAD that is making me lose my hair. I’m 26 years old with 4 kids and one on the way. I just keep trying to be a healthy mother and move on from this. It seems it’s getting worse. Is there anything I can take for this?

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    • Chels

      Try Davis Miconasole antifungal pet shampoo on your scalp and find an antifungal cleaner / sanitizer that you feel comfortable spraying every surface of your house with bc fungus spreads like wild fire. Especially in dark damp places. I’ve even read that ringworm can live in your carpet up to 2 years but most importantly……treat any and all pets too. It can take weeks to cure completely so patience is a virtue. I’m no expert and definitely cannot guarantee anything. I’m 26 also and I bought a puppy clueless of what ringworms even were and it took me almost a year to figure out what worked for me so I’m happy to share that I found almost every doctor prescribed threaten useless while the pet treatment showed positive results the first week. Good luck!

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      • Do you know what’s inside Davis Miconasole antifunal pet shampoo? Is it safe for human use? I’m just wondering if it works so well because it uses a toxic chemical that isn’t approved for human use. NOTE: I’m not a doctor. Just curious.

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  41. Isha seth

    Hii Dr. I am a 23 yr old female. I am suffering from ringworms from last 1 year. I almost tried all the medicines but its of no issue. The effect is just for a day. I am getting married this month. Plzzz give me a solution what should I do. Please

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  42. Deena

    It has been confirmed by my vet that a kitten I found has ringworm. I have contracted the ringworm from this kitten. I went to the ER and they diagnosed it as Scabies and treated me with a shot of prednisone. The vet then said ringworm and that I should begin treating it with antifungal creams. With no relief in site, I sought help at an urgent care center, who stated that they thought it was poison ivy. Then they thought because of the prednisone shot, it may have acted as a fertilizer and let the ringworm get carried away. Since the first outbreak on the 20th, I am still seeing new bumps everyday but it has slowed down a bit. I work with the public and have to handle money and chips on a daily basis with the customers. I work in close proximity with the customers and other employees. What are the chances of spreading this to those around me, whether direct contact or indirect through money and chips.

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    • sabrinajo

      It looks funny but keep a big box of pretty thiker made cheap plastic disposable gloves on you,in a fannie pack maybe or just a bunch in your clean pockets. Change your gloves every time your hands come into direct contact with infection and or anytime you go to prolongly interact with customers like taking change. It will seriously Help prevent spreading to others.

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  43. elmalouw

    How do I get this treatment? My face is just getting the worst marks all over it. It looks bad.

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  44. bella

    I have learned over the years (which may sound nasty), but it works if you use some of your own urine. I guess the acid in your urine kills the fungi. It really works.

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  45. Richard

    Hi doc, my ringworm started a few years back but has recently gone away. My girlfriend of only 7 months now has a bad case of ringworm. Doctors have prescribed creams but they have not been successful. Please help it seems to be getting worse and has spread over body. Thanks

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    • sally

      Hi my best friend has ringworm in multiple places. I bought her lotrimin and she said her doctor prescribed her something else. I want to be a good friend. What should she use?

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  46. subham

    Sir,My self Subham lohia,Age- 20 years,I have a ringworm on whole of my body since 5 month and itching to much mostly at night, I have treated by many doctors but seen no good result.I have already used terbinafine hydrochloride,ofloxacin,ornidazole andclobetasol propionate cream and clobetasol propionate,neomycin sulphate,miconazole nitrate and chlorhexidine gluconate cream n one tablet fluconazole tablets ones in a week….so doctor please suggest me what should i do now

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    • CHRIS

      Ask your doctor to test for scabies. Often misdiagnosed as eczema.

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  47. Desiree

    Hi, I have been using two prescription creams for almost two months and the “ringworm” has not changed a bit. Is this really ringworm or something else? From the pictures I have seen it doesn’t quite match. Mine is more a “C” shape, doesn’t itch much, and there is no scaly skin. It is on my right hand thumb and middle finger. It hasn’t changed in shape, size or spread elsewhere. It is embarrassing when people notice it and ask questions. What should I ask my doctor?

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  48. Deborah

    My 11 yrs old boy has been on this ringworm issues for 5 yrs now. I have used different cream on it yet it clears and still comes back. It is on the eye now. I have been to the hospital yet no solution. What do I do ? It is on his body now.

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  49. Maria

    Hi Dr. I really need your help. I have a 4 year old who got ringworms from a street cat. Her body cleared up but then I noticed she had 4 in her head. Her doctor only prescribed shampoo and a cream. I’ve been reading that it is not enough and needs oral medication, but he did not want to prescribed that. Should I be worried? Is what he gave me not enough?

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  50. Tom

    Doc I need help? The first ringworm I had was several years ago and the doctor I was seeing then did not know much about it so he looked it up in a big book. The treatment was to take some pills for women yeast infection. It had a starter dose and then one pill a week for six weeks and it cleared it up no problem. Now that the doctor has moved out of town and I can’t see him. I have a large ringworm on my leg and others on my butt . The doctor I see now says use LAMISIL cream so I did for three months and no help as they got bigger. The next visit he says to try LAMISIL pills for two weeks. No help. Now he wants me to try a prescription cream (Hyrocortisone cream 2.5%) four times a day. Do you know had hard to come in and drop your pants four times a day to apply cream.
    Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks Tom.

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    • sabrinajo

      I have had “diagnosed wringworm” with same problums reiquring patches ,that got better from topical cream and made me think healed it but then would come back same place or nearly as before. I believe never really fully went away except now all the sudden i have severe threadworm infection showing in my mouth have him tested for other parasitic intestinal worms and Or yeast infection.

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  51. Joe

    Hi I believe that I have ringworm. Until recently doctors couldn’t detect exactly what’s going on, but around April of 2014 it was a tiny dot just under the size of a dime on my right cheek and progressively throughout the month. It has grown to be the size of about 3 quarters (awkwardly). But it has also spread to the beginning of my scalp across my lining, at the starts of my eyebrows, on both sides of my nose and and now I see that same dot that I had last year of April on my opposite cheek and it’s really getting to me now. My confidence was holding up pretty good, but the more and more it grows the more hopeless I become. Please help me out Doc. I don’t know what to do.

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    • sabrinajo

      Holy crap ok i have a feels like perminaint dot on my cheek same place but only about the size of a dime but i also have”I have had “diagnosed wringworm” with same problums reiquring patches ,that got better from topical cream and made me think healed it but then would come back same place or nearly as before. I believe never really fully went away except now all the sudden i have severe threadworm infection showing in my mouth have tested for other parasitic intestinal worms and Or yeast infection. ….. for real . That maks me wonder. Why the cheeks. ??

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    • Tolluy

      I have the same problem except that mine has been affecting me for about 15 years now. Mine started as something that looks like dandruff on my scalp. It was mild at the beginning. Now I have it on both sides of my nose, my eyebrows, and by the side of my mouth. I have tried some traditional medication but it’s not giving me the desired result. I desperately need help as I want a total cure.

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  52. patrick

    Hi Doc. I have a problem with ringworm on my buttocks the upper cheek and it’s the third time, so I don’t know what to do.

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  53. Arpita Mohanti

    I m 25 years old and facing this tinea infection problem for the last year on my intimate area. It’s being very irritating and growing day by day. I want a permanent solution. Please help me out. I will be very thankful.

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  54. patience temah

    Please I need help. I have a ten years old adopted son in Africa whom I have been taking care of from birth. He has this fungal infections on the head for five years. The it has not responded to the treatment he has been having. He still suffers. Please I need an effective treatment for him. Please help, please Dr Greene.

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    • Anon

      For an over-the-counter remedy for ringworm in your hair, try Selsun Blue shampoo, or any other shampoo with selenium sulfide as the active ingredient. It works slowly, but will help get rid of fungal scalp infections. You should also try taking your son to a different doctor, if your present doctor is not helping you. But do try the Selsun Blue. I caught ringworm in my scalp from some kittens we were raising, and this shampoo got rid of it. Best of luck!

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  55. Michaela

    I have a ringworm on my arm. How do I get rid of it? And I need it gone fast my dance is on Saturday

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    • Larry

      I have a ringworm on my arm. How do I get rid of it?

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  56. Liz

    Dr, I have ringworm. I been applying Ketaconozole cream 3 times at day for 6 weeks and drinking one pill of flu console 150 mg for 5 weeks. aI still have it. I don’t have insurance right now. What should I do?

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  57. Sunita Gurung

    Dear doctor,

    I have a severe problem of itchiness above my thighs and under my buttocks areas. There are red spots like ringworms and are very itchy. I have treated it with several medicines like sonaderm and terbiderm but the spots disappears for few days and apprears back again. Please help me cure this disease suggesting some best medicines. Hoping for your positive response.

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  58. Annie

    i have a cluster of red holes on my breast. They are itchy and are eating a hole through my skin. They have been there for 2 weeks. Also I have pimple like holes on my bottom cheeks. They don’t itch but nothing is in them. I will pick them and they just leave scares and will not go away. What do you think this is ??

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    • MAC

      Please go to an oncologist. That sounds like a type of breast cancer that my mom had.

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    • unknown

      I think you might have mellestum contaigissum. I’m not sure how to spell it, but my little sister and brother are just getting rid of it.

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  59. Mr Fixit

    Can a heat rash turn into ring worm

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  60. Doree Hay

    Is lamisil a good treatment for my son’s ringworm. He is seven years old.

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