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Question: Ringworm


 mom42jw - Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:27 pm

My 15 year old son is a wrestler and has ringworm. In the fall, we got perscription for bactroban cream when he had impetigo. Can this cream be used to treat ringworm?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:40 pm

User avatar Hi Mom42jw,

Bactroban will be ineffective against ringworm. Rinworm is a bit of a misnomer as it is not actually a worm or parasite. It is a fungal infection and will need an antifungal cream to clear up. You can try an over the counter antifungal cream such as clotrimazole or see your doctor for a prescription medication.

Keep in mind that ringworm needs to be treated for several weeks to ensure it doesn't come back.

Best wishes.

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