Ringworm can be contracted by direct contact with a ringworm sore, by touching soil where the worm has lived or through touching an animal affected by the condition. It is difficult to prevent ringworm because often individuals do not know that they have come into contact with an affected area or object. There are a few different treatments for ringworm, which are discussed below. Treatments will change depending on the seriousness of the infection, age of the individual and the state of the patient’s immune system.
Prescription Ringworm Treatments
Prescription ringworm treatments are usually anti-fungal ointments. These medicines may be stronger than over-the counter medicines, but still need to be used for at least two weeks and continued to be used one week after symptoms disappear. These creams should be applied atop and on the inch surrounding the affected area. Extremely serious infections may require antibiotics. If a ringworm infection has more than one or two areas, seek professional medical advice. Anti-fungal treatments can also be in pill form. Pills are prescribed typically when an infection is serious or a patient has a weakened immune system. The length and strength of prescription anti-fungal pills will differ for each patient.
Over-the-Counter Ringworm Treatments
Antifungal creams made available over the counter may treat ringworm. However, because they are weaker, they may need to be used for longer. These treatments should also be used atop and on the inch surrounding the area. There are no over-the-counter antifungal pills that are designed to treat ringworm.