Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Ringworm in Children

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Because the fungi can live indefinitely on the skin, recurrences of ringworm are likely. Treatment may need to be repeated.

Treatment for scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) may include:

  • oral anti-fungal medication, which is usually prescribed for four to eight weeks; some children require longer treatment
  • use of a special shampoo to help eliminate the fungus

If a kerion — a large, tender, swollen lesion — is present, your child's physician may order additional medications such as steroids to help reduce the swelling.

Treatment for ringworm of the body, groin and foot is usually a topical anti-fungal agent or an oral antifungal medication. The length of the treatment depends on the location of the ringworm.

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