Expert Ringworm Treatment Advice & Consultation

Expert Ringworm Treatment Advice & Consultation
Published on, 31 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I have a question about fluconazole. I've heard that it's a medication used to treat yeast infections, but I'm wondering if it can also cure other infections like ringworm on the body. My skin is completely red and scaly, and I've been considering taking fluconazole once a week for four weeks. Do you think this treatment will help me get rid of the ringworm completely?


Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Fluconazole is indeed an antifungal medication that is commonly used to treat various fungal infections, including yeast infections and ringworm (scientifically known as tinea corporis). When it comes to treating skin infections like ringworm, the dosage and duration of treatment can vary based on factors such as the severity and location of the infection.


Typically, a once-weekly dose of fluconazole for a period of 2-4 weeks is prescribed for skin infections like ringworm. However, it's important to understand that the success of the treatment may be influenced by several factors. These factors include the severity of the infection, your overall health condition, and your adherence to the prescribed treatment regimen.


Considering that you've described your skin infection as being completely red and scaly, I strongly recommend consulting with your healthcare provider or a dermatologist before starting any treatment. They can thoroughly assess your condition, confirm the diagnosis, and devise the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific situation.


Moreover, it's crucial to complete the full course of medication as prescribed, even if your symptoms improve before the treatment is complete. This helps prevent the recurrence of the infection and ensures effective eradication of the fungus causing the ringworm.




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