I am suffering from recurrent ringworm infection for two years. Please help.

Q. How to get rid of ringworm infection?

Answered by
Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 03, 2023 and last reviewed on: Jun 23, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have a ringworm infection below my abdomen. I used commercial ointments to cure it. There was relief for a week. But with sweating, it started again with an itching sensation. This trend has been around for more than two years.

Please help me.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Please attach your pictures so I can examine the extent of involvement and suggest appropriate treatment.

What is the name of the ointment that you have used in the past?

Let me give you some skin care tips for fungal infections.

I suggest you do the following

1. Wear dry loose cotton clothes, and try to find inner garments which are 100 % pure cotton. Use fans or air conditioners at night to keep the affected part well-ventilated.

2. Take a bath twice a day. Always use lukewarm water. Avoid using boiling water to take a bath. Hot water favors fungal growth in the body. Wash the affected parts with cold water once you are done taking a bath. Always use a fresh dry towel to wipe off water from the body. Make sure skin folds are dry before wearing clothes.

3. Use antifungal dusting powders for skin folds such as underarms, thigh folds, below breasts, and between the toes.

4. Wash your clothes, towel, and bedspread using hot water and dry them in good sunlight

5. Eat healthy food, and keep your body weight ideal for your height because being overweight and having poor nourishment lead to reduced immunity which increases the chances of getting a fungal infection

6. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level frequently and make sure your blood sugars are within the normal range because uncontrolled blood sugar is a risk factor for fungal infection

7. Ask if your family members have a similar fungal infection. If so, encourage them to take treatment.

8. Check your pet animals for rashes. If there are any, take them to the veterinary doctor for treatment. Dogs and cats are also sources of infection.

9. Always complete the entire course of medications your dermatologist prescribes because incomplete treatment results in the recurrence of fungal infection, which is more resistant to treatment.

Do not do the following things.

1. Do not Scratch. Scratching makes the rash worse. Ask your dermatologist for anti-itching medicine.

2. Do not wear synthetic clothes or tight-fitting jeans which do not allow air to flow through them, and do not wear wet inner garments. Do not wear innerwear at home. Allow air to flow freely through the affected part.

3. Do not share your items such as clothes, towels, soap, or comb with your family members or friends

4. Do not use over-the-counter medications for ringworm. Most of these OTC creams contain steroids, which give faster relief from itching, but they make the ringworm spread to a larger area and make the routine treatment insufficient.

5. Avoid using home remedies such as garlic paste to eliminate ringworm. This would burn your skin and may leave a permanent scar.

Proper and timely medications from a dermatologist and these skin care measures would help faster relief from symptoms, speedy recovery, and less chance of recurrence.

Thank you.

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