Treatment for tinea corporis usually includes a topical antifungal cream or lotion that is applied one or two times per day. Topical treatment should be continued for at least 2 weeks. Severe, persistent or recurrent tinea corporis may be treated with oral antifungal medication. Oral therapy should also be considered in any patient with a poorly functioning immune system.
Specific treatment for tinea corporis may include:
- Topical antifungal creams or lotions for tinea corporis:
- Naftifine (Naftin)
- Butenafine (Mentax)
- Ciclopirox (Loprox)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Oxiconazole (Oxistat)
- Sertaconazole (Ertaczo)
- Sulconazole (Exelderm)
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)
- Miconazole (Monistat)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
- Oral antifungal medication for tinea corporis:
Ringworm Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tinea corporis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having tinea corporis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat tinea corporis:
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