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How to Kill Ringworm

hi I'm dr. David Hill and today we're

going to be talking about how to kill

ringworm first we should probably cover

what is ringworm good news it's not a

worm bad news it's a fungus that doesn't

really sound that much better than a

worm does it but it does have a real

impact on what it takes to killing the

fungi that cause ringworm and why do I

use the plural well there's a whole

class of different fungi that live on

our skin and can cause these infections

so different ringworm may be caused by

different members of this class the

fungi that live on our skin are often

they're doing us no harm but sometimes

they grow out of control and cause

peeling itching or even little bumps of

the skin how you treat it depends on

where it is when ringworm forms between

the toes or in the groin in areas that

are moist and humid one of the things

you want to do is try and dry those

areas out as well as you can you can

also use an antifungal cream and all the

great antifungal creams are now

over-the-counter so there's not much

point going to a doctor and asking for

an antifungal cream just about all of

them you can buy without a prescription

those include among others terbinafine

my Kaunas ol clotrimazole tone aft 8

there's a handful of them and they're

usually in the athlete's foot section of

your local pharmacy or even the grocery

store you want to apply whatever you're

going to put on it for at least twice a

day at least two or three weeks fungi

grow kind of slowly and it takes a long

time to kill them now what if you see

the classic ringworm sort of a circular

lesion that may start as one little

pimple or bump and then spread outward

and clear in the middle well you want to

put the cream on but you want to go

around that lesion by a good inch or so

because the fungi are actually growing

out there beyond where the bumps are the

hard thing is to assuming the cream is

working you need to keep using it for at

least another week after you don't see

the rash anymore that's really tough

because the rash is kind of reminding

you that you needed to treat the rash

however it's really important to kill

those last lingering fungi even though

you don't see the bodies for

to them anymore now if you've been using

an antifungal cream over the course of a

week and that ring is still there well

there are other things that cause rings

on the skin that are not ringworm

there's a condition called granuloma

annual alright that looks a lot like

ringworm but only responds to steroids

steroids on ringworm not so good at

let's the fungus grow wild you can get

psoriasis eczema so don't necessarily

assume that every circle on the skin is

a ringworm lesion if you've treated it

for a week or so and you're not seeing

any improvement you probably need to

have a doctor get a look at that

now last note ringworm in the scalp may

cause hair loss may cause little dots

where the hairs break off that does not

respond to a topical medicine when

ringworm gets down in the hair shaft the

only way to kill it is by giving an oral

medicine almost always that medication

is griseofulvin and you have to give it

for a long time usually about six weeks

rarely when griseofulvin doesn't work

there are a couple of backup medicines

we can use as well such as it rakamma so

talking about how to kill ringworm I'm

dr. David Hill