Ringworm Treatment Questions and Answers
Ringworm may sound more menacing than it is in reality, but it is still a condition that should be taken seriously! Our board-certified physicians can treat and effectively eliminate any sign of ringworm rash from your body at Reddy Urgent Care! For more information, call us. We serve patients from Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Jordan CA, Carmelitos CA, Jackson CA, and Lakewood CA.
What is the best ringworm treatment for humans?
The location and severity of the ringworm on an infected person’s body determine which treatment option is best in their particular case. As such, the best treatment varies from case to case, with one patient requiring over-the-counter antifungal cream and others requiring prescription medication to fight off the fungal infection. Often, your doctor will recommend that you try an over-the-counter antifungal product for two weeks. If the ringworm infection does not improve in that timeframe, they will likely write you a prescription for stronger medication. That said, ringworm that affects the scalp or nails commonly requires prescription-strength medicines. In contrast, milder ringworm cases, like athlete’s foot or jock itch, typically respond well to over-the-counter antifungal products. Examples of over-the-counter antifungal products for ringworm include the following:
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)
- Ketoconazole (Xolegel)
- Miconazole (Aloe Vest Antifungal, Azolene, Baza Antifungal, DermaFungal, Micaderm, Miranel, Podactin, Remedy Antigungal)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
If your case of ringworm requires prescription medication, your doctor may prescribe one of the following:
- Griseofulvin (Grifulvin V, Gris-PEG)
If you are curious about the treatment options we provide for ringworm treatment at Reddy Urgent Care, please feel free to call us.
How long does it take for the ringworm to go away?
With treatment, mild cases of ringworm typically go away within two to four weeks. However, more severe cases, such as those that affect the scalp or nails or do not respond well to initial treatment, can last up to three months.
What causes ringworm?
Although the name implies a parasitic worm, ringworm is actually a fungus and not a worm. It gets its name from its appearance, which is a circular, ring-shaped, itchy, and red rash that is clear in the middle. It occurs when your skin comes in contact with certain mold-like parasites that live on skin cells on your epidermis. As such, it is contagious and can be caused by human-to-human transmission, animal-to-human transmission, and object-to-human transmission. The risk factors of ringworm include the following:
- Compromised immune system
- Involvement in activities that involve skin-to-skin contact, such as wrestling
- Living in a warm climate
- Physical contact with an animal or person with ringworm
- Sharing bedding, clothing, or toiletries with an infected person
- Wearing restrictive or tight clothing
How fast does ringworm spread?
When a person is infected with ringworm, they will likely not see symptoms for one to two weeks. However, a person is still contagious during this incubation period because the fungal spores are present before they visibly appear on the skin. Moreover, there are instances where a person can be asymptomatically infected with ringworm. However, transmission rates are relatively low with ringworm, but it is still vital to seek medical treatment as soon as you notice ringworm symptoms to prevent any spread.
If you notice the signs of a ringworm rash on your skin, we can help eliminate it at Reddy Urgent Care in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach, California! We invite you to come to our clinic at 4237 Atlantic Ave in Long Beach, CA, for a walk-in appointment during the hours of 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday through Friday and from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday.