Ringworm on Body (cont.)
Ringworm on the Body Home Remedies
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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