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how do you kill a ringworm infection?

By Anonymous March 5, 2010 - 8:15pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

Ringworm is a fungus that affects skin and is quite contagious. Our Encyclopedia recommends the following for treatment :

Topical Treatment
This type of treatment is used for ringworm of the skin or body. It includes antifungal creams and powders. It usually takes at least two weeks for the ringworm to clear. After ringworm clears, treatment is usually continued for at least two more weeks.

For ringworm involving the body, hands, or feet, nonprescription treatment is highly effective. The following are some of the available treatments that can cure ringworm:

◦Undecylenic acid
Terbinafine is more effective than the other medications. It usually only needs to be used for one week instead of the four weeks indicated above. Terbinafine, however, is more expensive than the alternatives.

Oral Treatment
This type of treatment is used for ringworm of the nails and scalp. Early treatment for scalp ringworm is important to prevent permanent hair loss. Prescription pills are given for:

◦Scalp ringworm: 4-8 weeks, and occasionally longer
◦Nail ringworm: 4-9 months, and occasionally longer

If you developed ringworm from your pet, your pet should be treated as well. Check with your veterinarian for treatment procedures.

For more information, check out our ringworm page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/ringworm#definition

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