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Dr K K Chew
Dr K K Chew
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How can I get rid of a recurring ringworm infection?

Skin, Hair & Nails

I have ringworm on my back at 3 different spots. They keep reappearing at the same spots every 2 months or so, and become very itchy when they appear again. I have tried applying clotrimazole cream topically but they keep recurring :( How can I get rid of them once and for all? Will oral antifungal tablets be more effective? Thanks!

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

Thank you for your question. Firstly, it is important  to make the correct diagnosis as itchy spots on the back can be due to a number of causes including fungal infection, eczema and psoriasis. Conditions like eczema can be recurrent.

If a fungal infection is suspected, you can do a fungal scraping to confirm the diagnosis. If it is indeed a fungal infection, topical anti-fungal creams do help. You should continue applying the cream for a further 1 to 2 weeks after the rash has cleared to prevent recurrence of the rash. Oral antifungal therapy can effective too but they do carry a small risk of liver toxicity.

You should see your doctor or dermatologist if your rash still persistent to confirm the diagnosis and for further management.

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