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Ringworm on Body (cont.)

Ringworm on Body Treatment

Self-Care at Home

Although infection may go away without treatment, some ringworm may require antifungal medications applied as cream to the lesions (topical).

  • Apply topical antifungal medications to the lesion itself and 1 inch beyond its border twice daily for a minimum of two weeks, and at least one week after it goes away. Keep the infected area clean and dry. Over-the-counter medications available at the drugstore include
    • miconazole 2% (Monistat-Derm, Lotrimin AF Powder, Lotrimin AF Powder Spray, Lotrimin AF Liquid Spray, and Micatin);
    • clotrimazole 1% (Lotrimin AF Cream and Mycelex);
    • butenafine 1% (Lotrimin Ultra, and Mentax);
    • and terbinafine 1% (Lamisil AT).
  • Although diaper rash, yeast infections, and ringworm are all caused by types of fungus, the medications used for those infections (nystatin) are NOT effective for ringworm.
  • Ringworm is highly contagious.
    • Avoid touching suspicious lesions.
    • Maintain proper hygiene by washing your hands and body frequently and laundering the linens and clothes of an infected family member separately.
    • Avoid contact sports such as wrestling until you have been treating the lesions for at least 48 hours.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2014
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