I think I have ring worm on both hands and neck ,both sides  there are some circular but most of it is in a straight line across both wrists and up to the thumb. I have been being treated with...

I think I have ring worm on both hands and neck ,both sides  there are some circular but most of it is in a straight line across both wrists and up to the thumb. I have been being treated with various types of creams & presciptions to no affect. What else can I try?

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kipling2448 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your first problem is that you have not received an affirmative diagnosis as to your condition.  Your question clearly states that you “think I have a ring worm . . .” Your physician should be able to determine whether or not you actually have that condition.  Ringworm is sufficiently common that a family physician should be able to identify it.  If not, or if the case is particularly severe, referral to a dermatologist should be recommended. 

The general symptoms of ringworm largely match your description.  Itchy, red scaly patches of skin that in many instances do assume a circular shape are the common indicators.  There are several methods used for diagnosing ringworm, assuming one’s physician chooses to adopt a more conservative approach of identifying the exact nature of the condition.  These methods include scraping the affected skin and then examining the residue for positive indicators, in effect, performing a biopsy of the infected tissue; immersing tissue samples in potassium hydrochloride and then examining the mixture under a special light called a “Woods lamp”; and performing a skin culture.  All of these procedures would be performed by a dermatologist.

Symptoms are usually treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal topical creams.  Again, in more severe cases ointments like ketoconazole are typically prescribed along with antibiotics. 

Any medical condition that has resisted treatment using self-prescribed over-the-counter medications should clearly be examined by a licensed physician.  This appears to be such a case.  

fashionableb1 | Student

Ask yourself some of these questions and check for these signs:

1. Have you been in any type of warm, moist area like a locker room, swimming pool e.t.c? Ring worm type of fungi are known to grow best in these sorts of area

2. Do you often sweat alot before you started seeing these signs?

3. Have you been around someone or animal like dog or cat who also has ringworm, athlete foot, diaper rash...? Ring Worms are contagious and could be pass on through skin-to-skin contact, towel, clothing and more. (Getting infected by an infected animal is quite rare)

But some of your description are actually signs of ringworms but just to make sure check if you have some of these also:

  • An itchy rash in the shape of a ring (they aren't always going to be in the shape of a ring)
  • Raised red patch of skin that is blistered of oozing
  • Your nail would be discolored, and thick possibly crumbling if you have ringworm in your nails

You might want to try these cream (BUT BEWARE in using some of these creams you are taking some health risk, so you might want to consult your doctor in using some of these creams and just to be on the safe side while you use these cream have your doctor monitor how your liver and kidney respond to them. ALSO YOUR BLOOD):

  • Lamisil
  • Micatin
  • Mycelex
  • Griseofulvin
  • Tinactin (requires prescription) comes in spray, gel, cream form
  • Lotrisone

 You could take care of it and help it go away faster by

  • Keeping that part of the skin dry
  • Avoid wearing clothes that could irritate that part of the skin 
  • Wash your clothing, bed sheet e.t.c through the duration of your infection
  • Use Anti-biotics

After 4-weeks of self medicating and the ring worm doesn't disappear you should really go see your doctor so he or she could prescribe you pills that could kill the fungus.