Posted by: Elise | 2008/01/09


very stubborn ringworm

Hi Paed

My nearly 5 yr old has a bad case of ringwrom. She went to the coast with her grandparents n came back with it. On her legs it is sparse but she's really battling with sores and itching on her chest, tummy and back as this is where the concentration is greatest.

There is a bit on her vagina and in her armpits. There are about 3 on her face, about 5 on her neck and 5 on each shoulder.

I have been given antifungal cream after antifungal cream. Some daft pharmacist even gave me Vermox. Things are not letting up -is this becase ringworm goes away so slowly. Apparently some people have it for up to a year!
Must I step up the treatment? But how? I have also been given zinc and castor oil and someone has suggested tea tree oil.

What do you recommend? The antifungal creams i was using are Cloti-something and Terbisil. They come in such tiny tubes it took me a day to use a tube, given nearly the whole body is affected. I have noticed no improvement. She is also hectically itchy esp at night but i am told I can't apply Caladryl lotion or any other antihistamine.

What can I do to make her feel better and speed up this incredibly slow healing process?? Its going for 3 weeks now.

Also howcome I don't have it? We co-sleep n I hug and cuddle her all the time. I had it numerous times as a child, have i built up resistance?

thanks pls help

Expert's Reply



Your child has very extensive ringworms. It is essential to make the correct diagnosis first as the usual clotrimazole cream is not helping. She can be treated using an medicine given by mouth called griseofulvin. It is best to take her to see a paediatric dermatologist.

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Posted by: herbo | 2008/05/24

l've ringworms that come and go. now l really want athorough treatment

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Posted by: Elise | 2008/01/10

hi ladies thanks for the advice I'll try the creams and let you know :)

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Posted by: smatsatsa | 2008/01/09

i sued clomarderm for my daugter, she had a bad case on her vagina, but it was gone in less than 3 days**u can get it from your nearest chemist. it comes in a tube, and the box is green and white. let me know if it help, write back and tell us if it helped, i hope it helps your baby, it helped mine

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Posted by: N | 2008/01/09

My husband uses lamisel,also in a small tube, but it goes away after a few days ,and helps a lot with the itching!

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