Ringworm on Body (cont.)
- If only one or two lesions exist, topical antifungal
therapy is sufficient. You may be given a prescription for any of the following topical medications:
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin)
- Miconazole (Monistat-Derm)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Econazole (Spectazole)
- Oxiconazole (Oxistat)
- Sulconazole (Exelderm)
- Sertaconazole (Ertaczo)
- Naftifine (Naftin)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
- Substituted pyridines
- Although a topical corticosteroid is sometimes used to help relieve the itching, this should be avoided as much as possible. Steroids are never used as the only treatment in ringworm infections, as their use may worsen the infection and make the fungus more likely to spread into the hair follicles. Combination products may mix an antifungal medication with a steroid. These are usually more expensive and should also be avoided.
- Bacterial superinfections usually require antibiotics. Seriously infected or deep abscesses may require surgical drainage.
- Antifungal medication may be given as a pill for extensive infections, infections
that are not cleared with a topical medicine, or infections in people with
weakened immune systems. Examples include itraconazole (Sporanox), terbinafine (Lamisil), fluconazole (Diflucan), and griseofulvin (Grisactin). Although griseofulvin is the least expensive oral medicine, it has more side effects and does not work on as many types of ringworm as the newer medications.
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