What's the fastest way to get rid of a Ringworm?

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Erin - posted on 05/01/2009

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My youngest boy has a ringworm on his face and we have been told to put the medication used for athlete's foot, but it hasn't cleared up yet, then someone told us to put Clorox on it, and it will dry up, it didn't work then someone said to put Hydro cortisone cream on it, and it hasn't worked yet, I'm kinda wondering like, Does it take a long time to clear up, or what? Someone help...

Anna - posted on 11/26/2011

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someone told me to use tea tree oil on lice. I should of thought to use it on ringworm. My son has had ringworm now working on 4 mo. it was really bad. I thought it was a bruise going bad. He fell at the playground, he was on medication for six weeks, the NP said to use the anti fungal cream until it was gone then plus two more weeks. I will try tea tree oil next.

Rikki - posted on 05/02/2009

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My husband would get it on his head, he used monistat 7. It went away and no scars were left behind.

Aimee - posted on 05/04/2009

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My son and daughter both had ring worm last summer, we used tea tree oil ( you can get it at walmart in the vitamin section) That seemed to work pretty well on my son. But not for my daughter, we ended up using a prescription steroid cream. I also heard that head and shoulders shampoo works. Good luck!

Rachael - posted on 05/03/2009

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my doctor mentioned something to me about ringworm causing liver damage if not treated correctly. I had my liver checked after having them all over my body because of this. I would not recommend using over the counter stuff because it takes to long, the prescription medicine clears them up in about 2 weeks. I would call your pediatrician and ask them for advice. I had also had a ringworm as a child on my arm and my dad made me scrub it every night with bleach and a hard sea sponge and it burned like crazy, I can still remember it and I still have the scar. Since this one is on his face, I would not use bleach.

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Aleeza - posted on 05/03/2009

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if not too weird send me a pic ill compare it to my sons

Aleeza - posted on 05/03/2009

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ok so we struggled for months until we tried bleach baths, every night a half hr soak in bleach and water, a half cup to half bath or full cup to full bath. after put on a antifungal, sounds gross but monistat or such works and is cheaper,, make sure to moisturize other body areas after the bath and u can do the cream in the morning while dressing as well. know this, ring worm takes forever to dissapear and you need to countinue this ritual for 2 full weeks after its gone.

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lotriman cream takes care of it..just make sure it is kept clean.. and what ever wash clothor towels are used on it get washed before any one else uses them... you can put a band-aide on it to keep from rubbing against clothes or linen or some one else..

Stephanie - posted on 05/02/2009

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are you sure that's what it is? I work at a pet store... kids get it from pets all the time. We tell people to use tanactin (the athlete's foot meds) 2-3 times a day. Also check your local pet store... you may be able to use the pet med for it. In bad cases get a prescription. It does take awhile to clear up. I've seen up to a month. & it does come back. Ring worm will live in he's body for a long time.

Erin - posted on 05/02/2009

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To answer anyone's question, he is 2 year's old, and it has been on his face for i know at least a month, It's really getting nerve wrecking, I keep cleaning it, and putting the stuff on it, and so on, but it won't go away. I'll try to call a Derm Doc' first thing Monday.. Thank everyone for the comments..They really helped me out, I'll tell you how it goes...

Erin - posted on 05/02/2009

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Wow, He does have Eczema, but I never saw them in a circular shape before, they always flair up in a rash like pattern, so.....can Eczema flair up in the shape of a circle?

Sharon - posted on 05/02/2009

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well myself and my daughter and son had it and we used lamisil cream for 2 weeks and it cleared it up but i think you can only get it from your GP

Annette - posted on 05/02/2009

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In my area you can get something called Beviel's Lotion. It burns like heck, but it does work. I know it works I've used it on myself.

Mikia - posted on 05/02/2009

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Get the cream for Jock itch ... I forgot the name of it. But if you go to Wal-greens ask the pharmacist which kind to get and they should recommend the right one that will kill fungus! Lotrim I think... or you can get the walgreen kind. But it has to have the right active ingredient

Dawn - posted on 05/02/2009

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Just keep using the athlete's foot stuff my son had it on his ankle it took a while but it cleared up how long has he had it see the doctor again and get something stronger if it don't clear up try to keep it dry

Eunice - posted on 05/02/2009

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My son is predisposed it seems he has gotten one every 3 or so years the best remedy with ringworm on the head, in the face or very sensitive areas have been to go to the dr and get the prescription. It takes like 4-6 weeks but no reoccurrences! And it is gone again. I had to give it to my five year old as well and again the time it takes helps to get rid of the ring scar that it can leave behind.

Sue - posted on 05/02/2009

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My 6yr old daughter had approx 5 rings, which my ex husband swore were ring worms. I treated them with anti fungal creams for months only to finally have them diagnosed as "Granuloma Annulare" This is some reaction that happens to some people mostly around knuckles, elbows and ankles. My daughter also had them on the back of her legs. They weren't itchy and just hurt a little when bumped. Apparently there is no treatment needed as they will just go away in their own time, which could take up to 2 years. They just seem to get larger and flatter across the surface and no blisters. May start out as a lump under the skin.

Kim - posted on 05/01/2009

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My 14 month old son just had the same thing and the Dr gave me some samples of prescription Oxistat Cream to use for 10 days (using as little as possible and only on the ringworm). That seemed to clear it up pretty well. I would be careful whatever you use as most anti-fungals are pretty strong and not sure how old your son is. Always best to talk to the Dr. Good luck they can be persistent.

Misty - posted on 05/01/2009

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A thought I had is, do you know it is really ringworm? If the anti-fungal doesn't work it might not be that. A doctor told me that my son had a yeast infection and I treated it for weeks before I just gave up. I saw another doctor who said it wasn't a yeast infection but eczema!

Alison - posted on 05/01/2009

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Treat it early and be patient. If you rush it you can actually have it longer. Keep things clean and make sure that once it pops you are obsessive about keeping your hands washed, not touching it and keeping touchable surfaces clean or it can spread. If the OTC anti-fungal didn't work, get prescription anti-fungal.

Susan - posted on 05/01/2009

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Get an antifungal cream, and that should help in a couple days. Put in on before bed, so that it has time to "soak" in. And if that doesn't work in 2 weeks, go to the dr to get a prescription. My daughter had them everywhere and that was the only thng that worked.

Arwen - posted on 05/01/2009

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If you catch the ringworm right as it pops out, when it's a ring of tiny pimply blisters, athlete's foot stuff gets rid of it in less than a day. After it pops out, it takes several days, I've noticed.

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Erin try Melaleuca oil. It kills all kinds of fungi and bacteria and much more (I use it to clean my house and more). Email me if you don't know where to find it. angietravis@ymail.com

Andrea - posted on 05/01/2009

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so my husband is an ex wrestler and used to get ringworm a lot. He says you should use the anti-fungal cream ( I think that's the athletes foot stuff ) but you have to rub it in really good and make sure he doesn't scratch or it'll spread or get worse. Hope that helps.

Rachael - posted on 05/01/2009

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Prescription anti fungal is the best. My cat was abandoned as a tiny baby who could not drink water in a used car lot, she had ringworm and I ended up with them all over me. I tried all of the over the counter stuff with no luck. She went to the vet and I went to the doc and we both got prescriptions, 6 years later no more ringworm's for either of us.

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