Depending on the severity of the condition, your doctor may prescribe anything from oral medications to creams to help get rid of ring worm. Topical ring worm cures include Cruex cream, Desenex cream, Lotrimin cream, lotion, and solution), miconazole (Monistat-Derm cream), ketoconazole (Nizoral cream), and terbinafine (Lamisil cream and solution). Many of these treatment options are effective for foot fungus as well.
Oral ring worm treatment options include griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grifulvin, and Gris-PEG), terbinafine, itraconazole (Sporanox), and fluconazole (Diflucan). When used properly, these treatment options will not have a negative effect on the liver. Effective medicated ring worm shampoos include Selsun Blue or anti-fungal shampoos that contain ketoconazole 2% (Nizoral) or the newer ciclopriox.
When using most types of ring worm treatment cures, symptoms typically disappear within four weeks of treatment.
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So what exactly is ring worm? Often referred to as “circle worms,” these human parasites (and many others) are often misunderstood. Some people believe that ring worm, also spelled “ringworm” is really a worm. The words “ring” and “worms” are very misleading mainly because a ring worm is not an actual worm. Ring worm is a fungal disease of the skin and hair. People refer to ring worms as “circle worms” because of the circle shape that it forms on the skin.
Ring worm comes from dermatophytes or microscopic organisms. The organisms consume the dead outer layers of the skin. The fungus also grows on the hair and nails. On the skin, it can look like the infected person has a worm growing underneath the skin. The worm takes the shape of a ring, hence the name ring worm. Other symptoms of ring worm include sores, itching, and reddened skin. Ringworm can appear on any area of the skin, even the groin area or the feet.
Human parasites, fungus, and other annoying organisms can cause dozens of problems in human systems from allergies and asthma to inflammation and immune system deficiency. You can prevent infections by cooking foods thoroughly, drinking pure water, washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and washing your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom, handling pets or changing diapers.
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