Tinea (general tapeworm)

  • Fungal infection of the skin
  • May affect any area of the skin on the body
  • Symptoms may include a red circular rash with raised edges
  • More common on the groin areas in males and on the scalp in children
  • Spread by direct contact from infected person or animal or contaminated soil
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe

General therapy

  • Tinea is contagious and spreads by skin to skin contact
  • Wash hands often
  • Wash and dry area completely
  • Use medicine as stated on label, may need to continue for 2 to 4 weeks
  • Change socks and underwear daily
  • Wear loose fitted clothing
  • For large areas of blisters, apply compresses soaked in Burow’s solution
  • Over-the-counter pain medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage)
    •  Topical
      • Ciclopirox
      • Econazole
      • Miconazole
      • Terbinafine
      • Clotrimazole
      • Tolnaftate
    • Oral medicine
      • Ketoconazole
      • Terbinafine

 

Precautions and Avoidances

  • Avoid excessive sweating
  • Avoid wearing thick clothing for long periods of time in hot, humid weather
  • Do not share clothing, towels or hairbrushes, sports equipment and sheets with others
  • Do not borrow items from others
  • Wash clothes in hot water with a fungicidal soap
  • Apply talcum or other drying powder to affected area daily
  • Avoid wearing tight underwear, pants or panty hose
  • Wear protective footwear in locker rooms, shower rooms, and public bathing areas
  • Shower after any contact sport
  • If you have athlete’s foot, put socks on before underwear
  • Limit use of gyms and swimming pools
  • Disinfect any sports equipment after use
  • Have pets treated if they have ringworm

 

Seek medical ATTENTION if:

  • You have a rash that does not heal within 2 to 4 weeks
  • Rash covers a large area of the body or is severe
  • If redness, swelling, drainage or fever occurs

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