I believe I have ringworm. I have a red circular patch?

I believe I have ringworm. I have a red circular patch that is scaly. Itchy at times. It has been noticeable for about 4 days. I have been in contact with children in Kenya who I am almost positive have tinea capitis. I have not had ringworm in the past. I am currently taking a daily dose of doxycycline 100mg po for preventative purposes for malaria.

Age: 28
Medications: Doxycycline

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Dr.Honey Arora
2:11 am

Thanks for the query..

Ringworm is a fungal infection and this commonly goes off with topical antifungal preparation like Clotrimazole ointment (lotrimin etc) or other antifungal preparation containing Ketoconazole, miconazole etc.
It will clear the infection in 2 week time.
If the infection does not go away with topical antifungal preparation then oral antifungal medicine like Griseofulvin, Itraconazole etc can be advised.

Hope this helps..


Dr. Deepak Patel

Hello. Yes it does look like ringworm. You will need to use an antifungal topical cream or lotion. Probably available OTC in your area. It should be used for 2 to 4 weeks. After which if it persists an oral antifungal can be used. Regards