Ringworm of the Skin - Home Treatment
In most cases, you can treat
ringworm of the skin with antifungal creams or
ointments. Many are available without a prescription. Use a nonprescription
antifungal cream with miconazole or clotrimazole in it. Brand names include
Micatin, Mycelex, and Tinactin. Terbinafine cream (Lamisil) is also
available without a prescription.
- Wash the rash with soap and water, and dry thoroughly. For large
areas of blistered sores, use compresses such as those made with
Burow's solution (available without a prescription) to
soothe and dry out the blisters.
- Apply antifungal cream beyond the
edge or border of the rash.
- Follow the directions on the package.
Don't stop using the medicine just because your symptoms go away. You will
probably need to continue treatment for 2 to 4 weeks.
- If symptoms
do not improve after 2 weeks, call your doctor.
If your rash does not clear after you have tried different
topical antifungals, or if the infection is widespread, you may need
prescription antifungal pills.
If you have both athlete's foot and
ringworm of your groin or legs, you should treat both infections. This will
prevent you from re-infecting your legs or groin with the athlete's foot
fungus, when you put on your underwear.