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Ringworm - Overview
Ringworm is a type of infection caused by different types of fungi. People who might need ringworm prescription medication can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe ringworm treatment, including generic ringworm cream and other ringworm medications, when appropriate to do so.
How You Get Ringworm
Ringworm is an infection of the skin caused by a fungus. Also known as dermatophytosis, ringworm is spread from both people and animals. Many times, people get ringworm from involvement with contact sports, use of a public restroom shower or locker room, tanning beds and swimming pools as fungi like warm areas with moisture. Ringworm infections can also occur from sweating, playing with animals or a weak immune system. Dozens of types of fungi can cause ringworm (Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermophyton).
Ringworm - Symptoms and Evaluation
Symptoms of a ringworm infection can occur as early as four days after an exposure. The classic sign of a ringworm infection is one or multiple red rings found on the skin. Sometimes, ringworm can be diagnosed simply by the appearance of the ringworm - a ring-shaped lesion - on the skin. In other cases, ringworm is diagnosed by looking at a skin scraping or a culture. Ringworm infections are sometimes mistaken for pityriasis rosea, another skin condition.
How To Get Rid of Ringworm
Many people wonder how to get rid of ringworm. Ringworm treatment generally involves a combination of preventative measures and the use of medications to treat ringworm. Preventative measures include regularly washing hands, not sharing personal items and not allowing the skin to get moist. Medications are also typically needed for treatment and involve the use of medications such as clotrimazole, miconazole, or terbinafine (Lamisil). Some ringworm creams are available over-the-counter (OTC) and, in some cases, will treat the ringworm infection. However, some cases of ringworm fungal infections require a prescription medication like griseofulvin, ketoconazole or Lotrisone because they do not resolve with the use of OTC medications. Prescription ringworm treatment is also generally needed for ringworm infections found on the scalp. Ringworm treatment regimens generally involve daily medication use for multiple weeks.
Ringworm Prescription Treatment - Online
While OTC medications are often used in the treatment of ringworm infections, they are not always effective. In refractory cases of ringworm, stronger ringworm medications are sometimes indicated and require a prescription from a medical provider in order for a pharmacy to dispense it. Push Health can connect people in need of prescription ringworm medication treatment with licensed medical providers in their area who, if appropriate, can prescribe ringworm medications.
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Last updated September 7, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.