UCB Parents Health & Medical Advice
Advice and recommendations from the UCB Parents mailing list.
This page is brought to you by
UC Berkeley Parents Network
Back to Health, Medical, & Dental Advice
Our 5-year-old has ringworm on her foot. She's had it for
a couple of months now, and it doesn't seem to be going away.
We have been applying a special cream (don't remember what
it's called) prescribed by her pediatrician, but it hasn't
helped much that I can tell. We did get a referral from her
pediatrician to a dermatologist (the pediatrician is stumped
too), but of course, the earliest appointment we could get is
still a month away. Anyone have any experience with this?
Any alternative cures? I've looked it up on the internet, but
haven't found much useful information. Colleen
For people who don't know, ringworm is a fungus, not a worm!
I had ringworm a few years back. I went to a dermatologist,
and he recommended applying an over-the-counter dandruff
shampoo to the rash - Selsen Blue. It worked within a few days.
I don't know if it's still on the market but it sure did work.
Hi. We just had good luck clearing up ringworm (a 4-month bout)
on my daughter's bottom with chiropractic and using clay powder
from Whole Foods. You could also try gobbing it with Desitin--that
was our second-best near-cure--maybe overnight would be most
tolerable, or I have also read of putting Selsun Blue on it and
leaving it on overnight. If all else fails, there is an internal
anti-fungal medicine that is supposedly effective, although I
was reluctant to use it for what was for us only a mild problem.
The opinions and statements expressed on this page
are those of parents who belong to the
UC Berkeley Parents Network and
should not be taken as a position of or endorsement by the
University of California, Berkeley.