Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm can be caused by a variety of fungal parasites and is characterized by one or more circular, slightly red, dry, scaly patches that look like rings. Ringworm gets its name from the characteristic ring that can appear, but it has nothing to do with an actual worm under your skin. The interior of the circular patch is generally normal looking or slightly lighter in color than the surrounding skin. Also called tinea corporis, ringworm of the body is closely related to other fungal infections with similar names, including athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris) and ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis).
What Causes Ringworm?
Fungal infections, such as ringworm, are caused by microorganisms that become parasites on your body. This mold-like group of fungi called dermatophytes, live on the cells in the outer layer of the skin. Ringworm is contagious and easily spreads. At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin we properly examine the condition and treat it accordingly.
Ringworm Treatment Options (not limited to):
Lamisil exists as a topical cream (Lamisil Cream). The active ingredient in Lamisil is terbinafine, which is a synthetic antifungal agent and a proprietary of Novartis Pharmaceutical. Lamisil is prescribed mainly for fungal infections of the skin.
Naftin is a cream that is applied to the skin to treat fungus infections. It works by killing the fungus and prevents the fungus from growing. Before using, it is important to inform a dermatologist of all prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. It is also important to inform a dermatologist of any other medical conditions, such as allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Lamisil exists under an oral form (Lamisil Tablet) taken by the mouth. The active ingredient in Lamisil is terbinafine, which is a synthetic antifungal agent and a proprietary of Novartis Pharmaceutical. Lamisil is prescribed mainly for skin fungal infections.
Griseofulvin is a medication taken by the mouth. This medication is used to treat fungal infections that do not respond to topical treatments or creams. This medication works by stopping the growth of fungi. For the best absorption, it should be taken with or after a meal containing a moderate amount of fat. This medication is the treatment of choice for children because it is well tolerated and has a long history of safe use.
Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal medication that prevents growth of several types of fungi by preventing production of the membranes that surround fungal cells. The medication is best absorbed when taken at highly acidic levels. Absorption can be increased by taking it with an acidic beverage, such as soda.