Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Change Language

Ringworm Infection: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Ringworm infection or dermatophytosis is a fungal infection occurring in the skin. This infection can affect both animals as well as humans. It initially spreads with red patches in the affected area of the body and later starts spreading to other parts as well. This infection affects the skin on the beard, groin, scalp and other parts of the body. There are a lot of symptoms of ringworm such as scaly, red and itchy patches, patches which develop into blisters and later start to ooze, patches which are redder on the outside, usually resembling a ring and patches with defined or raised edges. Ringworm infection can also be experienced by some people on their nails. The symptom of this infection on the nails is characterized by the nails becoming discoloured, thicker and starting to crack. If your scalp is affected, then the hair on the infected portion may start to fall off and you will have bald patches.

Three types of fungi called epidermophyton, microsporum and trichophyton is responsible for causing ringworm infection. These fungi live and thrive on soil as spores, it is possible that human or animals can contract this infection by coming in contact with the soil. Ringworm infection spreads quickly with contact and it is common in children by sharing items which might not be clean. Many people try to self treat this infection by avoiding clothing which irritates the infected area, covering the infection with a bandage, disinfecting clothes and bedding and cleaning their skin on a regular basis. Sometimes, these remedies don’t help to cure this infection, in such cases doctors can prescribe medicines such as antifungal creams or ointments.

How is the treatment done?

If you experience symptoms of a ringworm infection, it is vital to consult a doctor as soon as possible. You will be asked to go through certain tests such as a fungal culture or skin biopsy test. In this test, the doctor extracts discharge from the blister and sends it for biopsy. You can also go through a KOH exam where the doctor will scrape off a tiny area of infected skin and put it inside potassium hydroxide (KOH). Then your skin tissue will be observed under a microscope. The doctor can also see your skin under a black light to see the traces of fungus on your skin. After the diagnosis is complete and it is proven that you have a ringworm infection, topical medicines like sprays, gels and antifungal ointment are prescribed. However, ringworm occurring on the nails and scalp may require a much powerful medicine like terbinafine, griseofulvin and ketoconazole.

Antifungal creams like miconazole and clotrimazole are very effective in treating ringworm infection. During your treatment it is vital not to scratch the infected area over and over again, as this might make you more susceptible in developing strep or staph infection. If at all, you get this infection along with the ringworm infection, your doctor can prescribe you powerful antibiotics to treat it completely.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Since this infection is common in children who own pet dogs and cats because these animals can easily catch the infection and pass it on to their owners. Therefore, these children should go for health check-ups at least once in three months. People using a public pool or public shower area are also at a high risk of getting this infection, hence they are eligible for an antifungal treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you have any allergies or medical conditions, you should take a doctor’s opinion before using antifungal medicines as it may interfere with your existing medical condition. People who are already undergoing treatment for some other medical ailment should also consult their doctor before starting this treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Antifungal medicines can have a lot of side effects like indigestion, feeling sick, fatigue, diarrhea and irritation to the skin. In rare cases, liver damage can also occur.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

After you get treated from ringworm with the help of antifungal medicines, it is important to maintain hygiene and take good care of your health so that the infection doesn’t reoccur. It is vital to wash your hands after touching or interacting with animals, also try to disinfect your pets as much as possible, avoid physical contact with animals or people who have a ringworm infection, use shampoos and take a shower regularly, wear protective shoes while going out and keep your body clean and dry at all times. You should also avoid sharing items like hairbrushes and clothes with people who already have a ringworm infection.

How long does it take to recover?

Antifungal ointments can heal the ringworm infection in about two to four weeks. If it is used regularly and more than once a day, the infection can heal sooner. If the symptoms are taking more than four weeks to disappear then your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics along with your antifungal medicines. Majority of the patients suffering from a ringworm infection, respond positively to antifungal medications.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of antifungal creams is approximately Rs. 20 to Rs.200 in India.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of this treatment are permanent to some extent. However, it doesn’t prevent you from getting the infection later in life if you don’t maintain personal hygiene.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Apart from antifungal creams, ringworm infection can be treated with the use of topical medications, antibiotics, strong oral medications, etc. However, oral medication is given for a 3 months course.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have itchy patches around my vagina and inner thighs, it look like ring worms. It has been since three months I have used many medicines like terbinaforce 500 mg microdox dt, dexona, lt mac lotion, for 10 days, after consuming these medicines I got relief for about 15 days but then again it re occur. Right now I am using ascabiol but still there is not much relief. Please help.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
You may be suffering from tinea cruris which is fungal infection of the inner thighs, groin and buttocks area. It is also called jock itch. It can be treated by taking four to six weeks of anti fungal treatment which includes tablets along with cr...

I am having a ring worm since from 2 years and I am taking all treatment then also it's not working n one doctor n I asked her mam I went for skin care doctor for two two times nshe said know you take this tablet, tablet no is terbinafine tablet ip, terbinaforce so tell me which tablet I should take please tell me na.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
You may be suffering from tinea cruris which is fungal infection of the inner thighs, groin and buttocks area. It is also called jock itch. It can be treated by taking four to six weeks of anti fungal treatment which includes tablets along with cr...

Suffering from ring worm. Visited doctors many times applied ointment, soap etc taken itraconazole, fluconazole tablets as suggested. It repeats after a week or so after completion of the course, I have been a patient of it for last 7 years .please suggest.

DVDL, MBBS, Gold Medalist
Dermatologist, Ranchi
Hi. Very often recurrence of the ringworm infection is seen due to irregular intake of medication. Oral itraconazole is usually need to take for continuous 1 month and topical cream for atleast 4 to 6 wks. Maintain hygiene, keep the area dry and c...

Popular Health Tips

Fungal Infection - 8 Things That Put You At Risk!

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Fungal Infection - 8 Things That Put You At Risk!
Fungal skin diseases are brought about by various sorts of fungi and are the main reasons behind an irritated skin. Fungi attack and develop in dead keratin, a protein that makes up your skin, hair and nails. The various sorts of fungal diseases a...
2489 people found this helpful

Homoeopathy Treatment Of Ringworm!

BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
What is ringworm? Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. The fungi live on the dead tissues on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection of the skin of the body is known as tinea corporis. If it occurs in between the toes then its is ca...
1 person found this helpful

Homoeopathic Treatment Of Ringworm!

BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
What is ringworm? Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. The fungi live on the dead tissues on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection of the skin of the body is known as tinea corporis. If it occurs in between the toes then its is ca...
2 people found this helpful

Ringworm - Symptoms, Causes & Ayurvedic Treatment Of It!

BAMS, Diploma In Naturopathy
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gulbarga
Ringworm - Symptoms, Causes & Ayurvedic Treatment Of It!
Ringworm is a kind of skin infection that is brought on about due to fungal growth. Ringworms can occur on the body (tinea corporis), groin area which is sometimes referred to as the jock itch, scalp (tinea capitis) or even on the foot which is kn...
5200 people found this helpful

Homeopathy Medicines & Treatment for Worms

MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), Biochemistry M.D.( PG) (Kol), CMS Ed, Affilied by UGC & MCI., Electro - Homoeopathy Pledge (Certifict No.11244)., Electro Homoeopathy Certficate.
Homeopathy Doctor, Kolkata
Worms- Several types of worm can cause problems in humans, including threadworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms and hookworms. Sometimes tapeworms cause symptoms such as: Nausea Weakness Diarrhea Abdominal pain Hunger or loss of appetite Fatigu...
4 people found this helpful
Content Details
Written By
MD - Dermatology,FCPS - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy,MBBS
Dermatology
Play video
Fungal Infection
Hi, I am Dr. Gunjan Agarwal, Dermatologist. Today I will be discussing fungal infection. What all are the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Now I will be discussing causes. It is common in obese individual, hot and humid climate conditi...
Play video
Fungal Infections - Know The Reasons And Precautions!
Hi, I am Dr. Archit Aggarwal, Dermatologist. Aaj humne topic select kiya hai fungal infections. Kyuki ye bohut jyada faile hue hain and log bohut jyada preshan hain. Isliya aaj humne ye topic select kiya hai. Vaise toh ye bohut common term hai. Le...
Play video
Fungal Infection Of The Skin
Hi, I am Dr. Navjot Singh Arora, Dermatologist. Today I will talk on the most common problem which we regularly see in our day to day patients which is a fungal infection. It can be seen in the age group. But most common in the age group of 10-50 ...
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice