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3 Most Effective Treatments for Ringworm in Nigeria

Below are some of the popular local names for Ringworm in Nigeria:

  • Okpu isi elingo (Igbo)
  • Lakpa Lakpa (Yoruba)
  • Makero (Hausa)

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Ringworm or Tinea is an infection of the skin that appears as a red, dark, or white scaly rash shaped like a ring.

Despite the name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but by fungi called Dermatophytes.

It is only called ring worm because it is ring-shaped, and looks like a worm is curled up under the skin of the infected area.

This fungal infection is most common in children, but adults are more likely to get ringworm of the feet (Athlete’s Foot).

How ringworm is transmitted

Ringworm is highly contagious, which means it is easy to transmit from one person or thing to another.

Human to human

Whether as a child or an adult, having direct physical contact with the skin of an infected person is the most common way to get this fungal infection.

Animals to human

Housepets like dogs and cats can also spread this Fungus.

Farm animals like guinea pigs, goats, and cattle are also carriers of the fungus. Touching them or their farmhouse can infect you with ringworm.

Soil to human

It is rare but sometimes, prolonged contact of your bare skin with an infected soil can also infect you with ringworm.

Objects to human

Physical contact with some personal belongings of an infected person can infect you too.

Some of these personal belongings of an infected person that can infect you with Ringworm include:

  1. Comb
  2. Hairbrush
  3. Clothes
  4. Pillow
  5. Bedspread
  6. Towel

Public showers and toilets can expose you to this fungal infection.

Common symptoms of ringworm

  • Itchy rashes
  • Painful swelling
  • Dry scaly surface
  • Red, dark, or white patches
  • Ring-shaped patches
  • Bald spot

Sites for ringworm infection

Ringworm can grow on any part of your body but you will mostly find these ringworm patches on the following skin areas.

  • Arm
  • Head
  • Chest
  • Shoulder
  • Fingers
  • Leg
  • Toes (athlete’s foot)
  • Back
  • Buttocks

Effective ringworm treatments in Nigeria.

Aside from the embarrassing appearance, isolation from others, and discomfort from the painful scratch, ringworms can also leave permanent bald spots on you or your child when you don’t treat it effectively and early enough.

Bald spots caused by ringworm on the head

Many local treatments for ringworm only stops the growth and spread of the fungus without actually killing the fungus.

However, here are the 3 most effective treatments that will kill the fungus, and get rid of your ringworm once and for all.

Lamisil AT cream

Lamisil cream is one of the most effective treatments for ringworm in Nigeria. It contains terbinafine, a powerful fungicidal ingredient that has been proven to cure ringworm within 1-week of treatment.

How to apply Lamisil cream

  1. Wash and dry the infected skin area thoroughly.
  2. Press a small amount of Lamisil cream on your finger(s).
  3. Rub it gently on and around the infected skin area.
  4. Apply your Lamisil cream ONCE a day (morning or night) for 7 days.
  5. Wash your hands after every application, unless you are also treating ringworm on your hands.
  6. Lamisil cream is for skin application alone, keep it away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  7. Follow other instructions on the label of your Lamisil cream package.
Lamisil AT cream pack

Lamisil cream is available in some drug stores, but you can also get your Lamisil cream online.

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Clotrimazole Topical Cream

Clotrimazole topical cream is another strong antifungal treatment for ringworm available in Nigeria. It has been tested and confirmed worldwide to cure ringworm within your 1-month of application.

How to apply Clotrimazole cream

  1. Wash and dry the infected skin area thoroughly.
  2. Press a small amount of Clotrimazole cream on your finger(s).
  3. Rub it gently on and around the surface of the infected skin area.
  4. Apply your Clotrimazole cream TWICE a day (morning and night) for 2 to 4 weeks.
  5. Wash your hands after every application, unless you are also treating ringworm on your hands.
  6. Clotrimazole cream is for your skin alone, keep it away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  7. Follow other instructions on the label of your Clotrimazole cream package.
Clotrimazole cream

Clotrimazole Topical Cream is available in some drug stores, but you can also get your Clotrimazole cream online.

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Ketoconazole Topical Cream

Ketoconazole 2% is the active antifungal agent that is present in Ketoconazole cream.

It works by preventing the growth of a vital component in the fungi cell, which kills them and brings you or your child freedom from ringworm.

How to use Ketoconazole topical cream

  1. Wash and dry the infected skin area thoroughly.
  2. Press a small amount of Ketoconazole cream on your finger(s)
  3. Rub it gently on and around the surface of your infected skin area.
  4. Apply your Ketoconazole cream ONCE a day for 2 weeks.
  5. Wash your hands after every application, unless you are also treating ringworm on your hands.
  6. Ketoconazole creams are for your skin alone, keep it away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  7. Follow other instructions on the label of your Ketoconazole cream package.

ketoconazole 2% Cream is available in some drug stores, but you can also get your Ketoconazole cream online.

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In summary

Ringworms thrive in a warm and moist environment, therefore as you apply any of the above treatments try to also keep your skin dry, haircut low, and wear loose-fitting clothes that allow for air circulation.

And if your (child’s) ringworm does not go away after the specified period of treatment, or maybe it goes away and comes back after treatment, see your doctor for antifungal medications that are taken by mouth.

References

  • www.lamisilat.com
  • www.medlineplus.gov
  • www.nafdac.gov.ng
  • www.rxlist.com
  • www.who.int

Last updated: December 2019

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