Rash Ringworm Home Care
Home care for tinea corporis includes:
- Keep the skin clean and dry:
- Avoid activities that make you sweat.
- Bath twice a day:
- Dry the skin thoroughly after bathing.
- Avoid scratching the rash:
- This may make the infection worse.
- Clean clothes in hot soapy water.
- Apply a nonprescription antifungal cream:
- Apply every day for 2-3 weeks
- Clotrimazole cream (Lotrimin)
- Desenex Cream
- Miconazole (Monistat)
- Mycelex OTC Cream Antifungal
- Take oral antihistamines for itching:
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Rash Ringworm Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have tinea corporis and any of the following:
- Worsening rash
- Worsening skin tenderness
- Pus draining from the skin
- No improvement after 2 weeks of treatment
- Fever over 101 degrees F (38.3 C)
- Yellow or brown scabs form over the rash
- Red streaks spreading from the rash:
- Lymphangitis of the arm
- Lymphangitis of the back of the leg
- Lymphangitis of the hand from a finger wound
- Worsening skin redness and pain:
Continue to Rash Ringworm Prevention
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