Ringworm of the Skin - Treatment Overview
Most cases of
ringworm of the skin, including jock itch and ringworm
of the hand, can be treated with creams or ointments that you put on your skin
to kill fungi. These are called topical antifungals. You can get many topical
antifungals without a prescription. Brand names include Micatin, Tinactin,
Mycelex, and Lamisil.
You may need to take
antifungal pills (oral treatment) if the ringworm does not go away after you
have tried different topical antifungals or if the infection is widespread.
Oral treatments include
azoles such as fluconazole (Diflucan),
allylamines such as terbinafine (Lamisil), and
griseofulvin (Grifulvin V).
Your rash may start to clear up soon after you begin treatment, but it is
important to use the medicine exactly as the label or your doctor says. This
will help keep the infection from coming back. You will probably need to
continue treatment for 2 to 4 weeks.
If not treated, ringworm can
spread and the skin can become irritated and painful. Skin blisters and cracks
can become infected with bacteria. If this happens, you may need to take
What to think about
You should treat a fungal
infection right away. Severe and widespread infections can be hard to