we have ringworms!

Tonya - posted on 09/21/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




i am 4 months pregnant and my 8 year old is covered in ringworms. Hes on prescription meds but my ob suggests i grin and bear it. I dont want to reinfect him and would like to cure the 14 i have. Any safe suggestions for getting rid of them while pregnant? Please help!!!!!!!!!!


Tisha - posted on 09/22/2010




My kids had ringowrm for about a year. They both got it on their scalp and their hair fell out. We tried everything. Prescription creams, shampoo, oral antifungals, you name it. Finally, I just started scrubbing the area twice a day with head and shoulders shampoo. Within a month it was gone and has never returned.

Renee - posted on 09/22/2010




Great advice from everyone! I used to run a daycare and a big prevention tip for you would be wearing gloves when cleaning your bathroom and other germy areas plus washing your hands properly (and having your child wash their hands regularly too - I know, that's not so easy!). Having hand sanitizer solutions all around your home will help too. You will be fine though, so just stick to the topical lotions to treat your rashes and you'll be fine!

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Ringworm Treatment During Pregnancy

By Tracey Bleakley, eHow Contributor

If you are pregnant and find that you have ringworm, you have several treatment options. Before beginning any treatment, though, you should consult with your doctor to confirm that you have ringworm and to discuss treatment options.


Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect the skin, scalp or nails. It can be spread from human to human or from animals, such as cats and dogs, to humans. If you contract ringworm during pregnancy, it is not harmful to your unborn baby.


Ringworm appears as a flat, scaly circle on the skin. As the patch grows, the center begins to clear up and all that remains is a ring, as the name implies. You may have only one patch, or several may develop in an area of the skin. The patches may be itchy.

Prescription Medications

Your doctor may prescribe a topical cream containing nystatin and triamcinolone to treat the infection. Apply a thin layer to the affected area twice daily until the rash has cleared. This medication is FDA category C, which means it is not known to cause risks during pregnancy, but they have not been ruled out either.

Over-the-Counter Medications

An over-the-counter cream or ointment containing clotrimazole, such as Lotrimin, may be used to treat ringworm. Apply twice daily to the rash. It is a good idea to continue use for a week or two after the infection clears to prevent reoccurrence. *****************************Clotrimazole is FDA category B, meaning there is no evidence of risks to humans during pregnancy.****************************

Herbal Remedies

Although tea tree oil is sometimes used to treat ringworm, **********************************it should not be used during pregnancy.********************************

Other Options

If you are hesitant to use medications while you are pregnant, ringworm will eventually clear up on its own. It may take several months, though, so this may not be the best option for you.

Read more: Ringworm Treatment During Pregnancy | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5016201_ringwo...

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2010




The term ringworm or ringworms refers to fungal infections that are on the surface of the skin. The name is derived from the early belief was that the infection was due to a worm, which it is not. Ringworm is a fungal infection in the skin.

Topical treatment: When fungus affects the skin of the body or the groin, many antifungal creams can clear the condition in around two weeks. Examples of such preparations include those that contain clotrimazole (Cruex cream, Desenex cream, Lotrimin cream, lotion, and solution), miconazole (Monistat-Derm cream), ketoconazole (Nizoral cream), econazole (Spectazole), naftifine (Naftin), and terbinafine (Lamisil cream and solution). These treatments are effective for many cases of foot fungus as well.

Go to the drug store, and ask the pharmacist, they will give you a cream that is safe to use.

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Isobel - posted on 09/21/2010




yes...you are thinking of ROUNDworms...what you have is ringWORM (no s) just a rash...not a worm...relax

Krista - posted on 09/21/2010




Before treating the area, it also helps if you exfoliate lightly, to help the topical medication absorb better. My husband is prone to getting ringworm any time he's around a cat (evidently, a lot of cats carry it). He's used Fungi-cure to very good effect. But check with your pharmacist -- they tend to be very up-to-date on what is safe to use while pregnant.

Kate CP - posted on 09/21/2010




Ringworm isn't a parasite, it's a fungal infection. Many anti-fungals are safe to use during pregnancy IF its a topical medication. Ask your doctor about topical creams.

Krista - posted on 09/21/2010




If you currently have a ringworm infection, then you may want to consider one home remedy for ringworm that has often proven effective: tea tree oil. To use this botanical antifungal, combine eight to ten drops of the oil with one pint of distilled or spring water. Apply the mixture onto the affected area three times a day until the infection disappears.

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