A brief guide on medications for ringworm
Medications for treating ringworm
The majority of ringworm infections can be treated simply through the use of topical preparations, such as creams, lotions, and ointments, applied directly to the skin. These are often combined with a mild antiseptic and a mild steroid to reduce itching. For more severe or widespread infections a medicine in oral form may be necessary. An extremely large ammount of these medications are available, and finding the right ringworm medication can often be confusing. Antifungal medication creams work by damaging the fungal cell walls, causing them to die. These creams should be applied two to four times daily, as directed. Treatment should be continued for one to four weeks after the rash has gone to ensure complete eradication of the fungus.
Antifungal creams containing tolnaftate and clotrimazole are very effective for fungal infections of the groin, the body and for athlete's foot. In really resistant cases your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medicine with the active ingredient griseofulvin or fluconazole.
Nails are the most difficult to treat, because they are slow growing. If only a few nails are affected, treatment is with an antifungal lacquer containing tioconazole or amorolfine. If the infection is sever antifungal medication in oral form, such as terbinafine or griseofulvin may be necessary.
Ringworm treatment for scalp infections is with antifungal medicine taken by mouth, such as griseofulvin or itraconazole.
Creams, ointments and nail lacquers used in treating ringworm are highly unlikely to cause any side effects apart from some stinging caused by skin sensitivity. Antifungal medication in oral form is effective but may have significant side effects, especially inflammation of the liver.
Scrupulous hygiene, without always resorting to drugs, can often be more effective. The following may help clear ringworm and prevent it from spreading.
Alternative medicine is increasingly becoming a popular option for ringworm treatment. These complementary therapies generally boost the immune system, and are considered more gentle and safer than conventional ones. Humans have been using plants for medicinal purposes since the dawn of time. However, concern has been expressed that some preparations used in herbal therapies are not licensed, unlike conventional medicinal substances. However natural cure products is proving to be powerful and effective to abolish all types of ringworm and prevent it from returning.
Although herbal preparations are natural, they can be dangerous if taken along with any conventional ringworm medication. If in doubt you should consult a qualified herbalist or inform your doctor.