Treating Ringworm With Anti Fungal Cream

An anti-fungal cream is handy when you suddenly find ring-shaped rashes breaking out on your skin. If it looks like inflamed skin that is scaly to the touch with healthy skin at the center of it, then what you have is ringworm. Untreated, it will spread quickly on your body as your hands deal with the bothersome itch.

Ringworm is a fungal infection that is very contagious. It is caused by parasites called dermatophytes that attach to the skin, and they are not worms. The disease is called ringworm to describe the shape of the rash that forms as the parasites spread. Humans and their pets are prone to this kind of infection.

You can readily treat your ringworm with over-the-counter anti-fungal cream. For your pet, the shampoo or dip version of this medicine would work. The active ingredient in popular anti-fungal creams like Micatin, Tinactin, Monistat and Lotrimin is either miconazole or clotrimazole. Lamisil, a more recent addition to the brand names in the market, is based on the therapeutic effect of terbinafine.

All these can effectively treat Athlete’s foot, ringworm on the feet; jock itch, ringworm that occurs on the inner thighs and groin area; and ringworm anywhere else on your skin except the scalp and the nails. Before applying the anti-fungal cream, clean the affected area with soap and water then pat dry. You only need to apply the cream thinly on the infected skin and its surrounding area. This treatment must be done twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, even after the rash is no longer visible.

The prescribed treatment period for Athlete’s foot and other ringworm is four weeks; for jock itch, it is two weeks. If you notice no improvement within this time or worse, if the ringworm seems to be spreading, you’re up for a visit to the doctor because you would need a prescription to get anti-fungal pills or stronger dosage of the cream, lotion or shampoo.

Oral anti-fungal medication is used for more serious cases of infection, such as when the fungus has spread. It is also used for fungal infection of the nails and when ringworm has spread on the scalp of children. Prescription antifungals are drug types known as allylamines and azoles like Lamisil tablets, Diflucan, Sporanox, Nizoral, and Grifulvin V. These are strong drugs that kill the fungi but have side effects, which is why treatment has to be monitored by the doctor.

There are also different formulations for fungal infection of the nails. What you need would depend on the type of infection. Studies have shown that oral terbinafine drugs are more effective on nail diseases caused by dermatophytes. Though some claim that anti-fungal creams or lotions and even just plain nail polish have worked for them, authorities say topical treatment or applying medicine on the nail is not really effective.

If you want to play it safe, it is still best to consult a doctor when dealing with fungal infections of the nails and the scalp, especially when children are involved. These infections require prolonged and continuous treatment, often more than a year and sometimes stretching into years.