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Ringworm Treatments

Treatment

Treatment may include:

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:

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.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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