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My son has ringworm on his elbow - I watched it

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My son has ringworm on his elbow - I watched it for the first couple of days because it just looked like a quarter sized red circle at first - then yesterday I started having him soak it in epsom and hot water and then applying Blue Star Ointment, however, today it seems much larger (i.e., silver dollar size) - any suggestions?????
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 8 years ago.
There are a number of creams that are available over the counter that are effective for ringworm. I usually suggest that the rash be checked by a health care professional to be certain that this is the diagnosis, since some other conditions can be confused with ringworm (which is caused by a fungal/dermatophyte infection of the skin).
http://www.aafp.org/afp/980700ap/noble.html

I have found that Lamisil seems to work better than the other OTC creams for this condition.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to FamilyPhysician's Post: What about the blue star ointment - do you know anything about it.

The look of the area is now circular with the raised areas around it - looks alot like the pics I have been looking at and also isn't it good to soak it to keep it clean with the epsom salts?
Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 8 years ago.
Blue Star ointment does NOT contain an antifungal, and therefore is not going to be effective in treating this condition.
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