Ringworm

Ringworm is a contagious skin infection caused by fungus. All questions concerning causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention can be found here.

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What can you use for ringworm?

Ringworm is not a worm, but a fungus infection of the genus Tinea. Ringworm of the scalp or beard should be referred to a health care professional for treatment.

Effective skin treatments are fungicides, so you can try topical creams that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, and/or gentamicin sulfate. If these do not work, or if you have other health issues, oral anti-fungal drugs are available by prescription.

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What does a ringworm look like?

a small red patch on your skin that's in the shape of a ring

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What do you use on a toddler that has a ringworm?

Ringworm is no joke! Get to a doctor and get a prescription for an antifungal. Be sure to get an antifungal shampoo . . . ringworm can result in spotty baldness if left untreated.

My favorite treatment is the prescription SelSun shampoo. It obviously treats the hair, but it is good as a dab-on ointment. BUT, do not mess around with regular off-the-shelf SelSun AND make sure the doctor says OK for use on a toddler. Selsun contains selenium, which can be poisonous. The doctor may prefer a drug that is safer for kiddies.

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Can bleach kill ringworm?

Yes, it can. It is safer for your skin to use the more orthodox treatments, like lotrimin and other creams, but bleach does it quicker. There is also, however, a big risk of leaving a scar where the ringworm used to be if you leave it on too long.

I used all of the creams and pills from my doctor for a month, and nothing worked and it spread terribly all over my back and chest. I started day 1 with a 50-50 bleach solution being careful not to cover more area than necessary (it will sting), and washed it off after 5 min. I then went to a 6-1 bleach and water mix with lotrimin spray after my skin dried for four more days twice a day (also stings). This killed the infection in it's tracks. Just be prepared for dry and itching skin that you cannot scratch during the healing process.

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Can hydrocortizone cream be used for ringworms?

no, you need an anti-fungal.

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How is ringworm spread from one human to another?

Ringworm is spread from one person to the other when someone touches the affected person then touches themself or anyone.it can also get caught if the affected person touches something and you go along and touch it after then you will get it 100%.it can't be spread after 48hours. after treatment.

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Can mupirocin be used on ringworm?

Mupirocin (aka - Bactroban) is an anti-biotic cream - therefore, it would NOT alleviate ring-worm (Tinea Corporis). You wil need a specific anti-fungal cream to eliminate this specific rash.

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How many people get ringworm each year?

Due to fungal growth from sweat

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What are the symptoms of ringworm?

Ringworm is not what it's name suggests, a worm, but a fungal infection called tinea. It has the appearance of a red, raised, pimply rash on the skin that looks like small rings or circles.

In humans the symptoms include:

  • Itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. The patches often have sharply-defined edges. They are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may create the appearance of a ring. Your skin may also appear unusually dark or light.
  • When your scalp or beard is infected, you will have bald patches.
  • If nails are infected, they become discolored, thick, and even crumble.

If the itchy skin is scratched, fingernails can spread the infection to other parts of the body. If not treated for a long time it can be difficult to get rid of. Ringworm can be easily passed to others through casual contact. Avoid using things of the infected person like towels, clothing, and other personal items.

(To find some of the common home remedies for ringworm click on the Related Link below.)

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, groin or hands that is caused by a type of fungus. The area of skin that has ringworm usually develops a very itchy rash that most times is in the shape of a ring.

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What irritates ringworm?

Popping the red bumps in the middle of the ringworm and scratching the fungus makes the fungus spread. The absolute worst irritant is BLEACH!!!!!!!! Pure bleach will pop the bumps and make the infection spread all over your body!!!!! I had ringworm all over my body(tinea corporis) and on my scalp (tinea capitis) because of the bleach! I tried everything from anti-fungal creams and sprays, bleach, nail polish remover, clear nail polish, Diflucan, Keflex(Cephelexin), prescription lotions, garlic cloves, Gold Bond Medicated Powder, TIGER BALM (OOOOOUCH), Blue Star Ointment, DOG SHAMPOO, Selsun Blue as a lotion, and Band-Aid brand calamine spray with little to horrible results. This is what finally worked for me:

1.) Selsun Blue-everyday as a shampoo and a body soap (use hands no sponge or lufa). Let the shampoo sit in your hair for as long as possible. I will probably use it forever as I found it to make my skin extremely soft.

2.) Natural dead sea salt- after your shower soak in the bath for at least a half hour in the hottest water possible with about 5 cups of the dead sea salt. Use the salt as a paste on problem areas. Let it sit there as long as you can.

3.) Hydrogen Peroxide (by itself in a spray bottle) 6 parts water/ONE PART CLOROX bleach (by itself in a spray bottle) .Two Bottles total. Spray the bleach/water mixture over one part of your body (eg. right arm). Then within 10 to 15 seconds spray the area with the peroxide. The peroxide keeps you from getting chemical burns. then immediately rinse the area with COLD water as it prevents chemical burns. Once you have sprayed all areas, other than the scalp, spray your body one last time with the peroxide. Do not rinse any part of the body other than the palms of the hands after spraying peroxide second time. In fact, you may want to even use surgical gloves when using the peroxide as it will burn your fingertips if not rinsed.

4.) Blow Dryer-DO NOT USE A TOWEL!!!!!! Instead, dry your body and hair immediately after exiting the shower. Keep the dryer on infected areas until you feel pain. as soon as you feel pain, move to another area of the body. Drying the fungus with a towel spreads the infection, and it multiplies in damp warm places. Therefore, you must dry yourself and your hair completely. Attempt not to use a brush when drying hair. If you must, make sure and spray brush with bleach and rinse with HOT water after use. Let the brush dry for use the next day.

5.) CLOTRIMAZOLE ANDBETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE LOTION USP, 1%/0.05%(base)- you must have a prescription for this lotion, and it is for ages 17 and up, but IT IS THE MAIN TREATMENT that worked for me!!!! You only need to use a little bit. It is very concentrated. Follow written instructions given with the lotion.

6.) wash sheets, pillow cases and clothes everyday!!!!! ALL CLOTHES MUST BE WASHED!!!! Do not EVER wear the same thing twice! Bleach as many items as possible, and wash all clothes in HOT WATER! I dried each load of laundry for 3 hours a piece. Heat kills the fungus. Dryers will vary. Mine is older.

7.) Clean your home, and if possible, spray carpet with bleach/water mixture. If you cannot wash furniture covers, spray them with Lysol everyday.

8.) Wear long sleeve shirts, and pants. Make sure and wear socks and even shoes, if you can, all day. Make sure clothing is cool and loose.

9.) Dan Active- Drink one everyday for immune support. Dan-Active has a pro biotics which kills free radicals (ringworm)

10.) Activia Yogurt-one a day. Friendly bacteria which kills fungus

11.) Supplements 3 times a day as directions indicate on bottle- Selenium, Acidophilus, Fish Oil, Garlic oder-free,Echinacea , Golden Seal, Green Tea Extract. You can find all these supplements on the vitamin isle at WalMart.

12.) When you start itching really bad, you are healing. ATTEMPT NOT TO SCRATCH! Your skin will flake. Keep hands clean. If you touch something infected whether it be your body or clothing, spray hands with bleach/water mixture, then peroxide, and last rinse with cold water.

13.) Tanning bed!!!! You must take your own towel and bleach mixture to clean the bead and everything you touched YOURSELF! DO NOT BE LAME AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS.!!!!

It took about 3 weeks for me to completely heal. Had I started the regiment I have given you, from day one, it probably would have been gone in 2 weeks, maybe less.

Good luck. Hang in there. It'll go away.

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Can you use TCP to treat ringworm?

The brand name antiseptic TCP should not be confused with the fungicide trichlorophenol, which it does not contain.

It may improve ringworm but is not a fungicidal treatment. For ringworm (Tinea fungus), you should use topical creams containing miconazole or clotrimazole, several of which are available over-the-counter.

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Can you use mupirocin on your ringworm?

not unless you want it to get worse. So NO, don't do it. "As with other antibacterial products, prolonged use may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible microorganisms, including fungi. "

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Can a ringworm go away on its on?

A ringworm can not go away on it's on it does in fact have to be treated because of several reasons number one a ringworm itches so when you go to scratch it they you touch another part of your body it spreads. It's a fungus and if you keep feeding it with lotion and even natural oil from one's body will also cause it to spread and not wearing the proper clothing on, that's another way it feeds on causing it to spread more. The best thing to do in any case is as soon as you see a ringworm treat it right away with an ant-fungal cream or it will spread and get worse.

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Can a person get ringworm on the tongue?

Candida or thrush is a fungus asringworm, and can affect the tongue.

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Does triple antibiotic cream cure ringworm?

No, ringworm is a fungus not a bacteria. It needs to be treated with a fungicidal. In fact, there is a small chance using triple antibiotic cream may make it worse since antibiotic creams are usually made to kill bacteria only. If you kill all the bacteria in the area, it may kill the fungus's (ringworm) competition and allow it to flourish.

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Can cats catch ringworm from humans?

Yes. It can be transferred between human to pet and back. It's a fungal infection and you can buy otc ointment for it. Area is usually circular, but not always.

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What is a Treatment for ringworm on cats?

Taking it to the Vet.

I've also heard hold a piece of raw meat next to an opening of some sort (on your cat, yes) it might crawl into it, but there is no telling how many ringworm exist, and that may not be adequate, or easy. Ringworm is NOT a worm it is a fungus it is not alive, take the cat to a vet!!!

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What is an effective treatment for ringworm of the scalp?

Any topical antifungal will do the trick and since ketoconazole comes as a shampoo, this is a logical choice for your scalp. Assuming you've got hair right?

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How does sunlight affect ringworm?

It helps to dry it out.

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What causes itching in ringworm?

the fungus

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Can halobetasol propionate ointment cure ringworm. or permethrin cream both ointments are prescription?

Yes, in high doses

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What pathogen causes ringworm?


Ringworm, also known as "Tinea", is a contagious fungal infection of the skin, and can exist anywhere on the body. Contrary to its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but generally is a reddish to brownish raised or bumpy patch of skin that may be lighter in the center, giving the appearance of a 'ring'.
A number of different species of fungi cause ringworm. Dermatophytes of the genera Trichophyton and Microsporum are the most common causative agents. These fungi attack various parts of the body and lead to the following conditions:

  • Dermatophytosis
    • Tinea pedis (athlete's foot) affects the feet
    • Tinea unguinum affects the fingernails and toenails
    • Tinea corporis affects the arms, legs, and trunk
    • Tinea cruris (jock itch) affects the groin area
    • Tinea manuum affects the hands and palm area
    • Tinea capitis affects the scalp
    • Tinea barbae affects facial hair
    • Tinea faciei (face fungus) affects the face
  • Other superficial mycoses
    • Tinea versicolor
    • Tinea nigra1

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworm

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How do ringworms reproduce?

ringworm isn't a worm it is a fungi and so the fungi reproduces and not the worm (because it isn't a worm)

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Can ringworm kill you?

Ringworm cannot kill you but if left unchecked it can lead to other infections that can lead to death.

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What kind of medicine can treat ringworm?

Since "Ringworm" is actually a fungus instead of an worm (the name comes from what it looks like on the skin, not what actually causes it) , an anti-fungal medication is used to treat it.

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