A ringworm infection is characterized by large round patches of slowly enlarging lesions on the skin that are also itchy, red and irritating. The ringworm rashes, also called Tinea infections, gradually spread and could affect any part of the body including hair and scalp, arms, legs, neck, and even facial hair in men. The best known and one of the most effective treatments for ringworm rashes is Lamisil or Terbinafine. This medicine can be used on most types of ringworms including Jock’s Itch, Athlete’s Foot etc. It is a strong antifungal cream which is also available in the form of sprays.
In this guide, we will study all the important factors one must consider before using Lamisil for ringworm infections.
Lamisil spray vs. cream: which is better?
If you are wondering whether Lamisil spray or cream is better, you have come to the right place. Most frequent sufferers of Athlete’s foot have experienced relief with both the cream and sprays available in this brand. Here is a comparative study of the Spray versus Cream
Pros of Cream:
- Lasts longer-Sits longer on the skin
- You know where it goes and it can be applied exactly on the ringworm rash without waste.
Cons of cream
- Takes a little longer to apply compared to the spray.
- Inconvenient for use on kids.
- Inconvenient for use in hard-to-access areas
Pros of Spray
- Convenient to use-can be used by individual on self. One can spray conveniently in hard to reach areas such as the back etc.
- Quick to apply-a feature which is handy in case of squirming children
Cons of Spray
- Does not last as long as the cream on the skin and needs to be reapplied frequently.
- Tends to get wasted a lot. You often end up spraying areas which do not have the infection.
- Costlier than creams in most cases.
Indications and symptoms of when to use Lamisil
Lamisil is currently the preferred antifungal medicine of choice for treating all kinds of ringworm infections. You can use it to relieve itching, burning and scaling associated with all sorts of Tinea infections.
Contraindications: When not to use Lamisil for ringworm
Avoid this medicine in all forms for ringworm when:
- You are pregnant or nursing. The drug can get into the bloodstream and breast milk. Avoid using Lamisil around breast ringworm infection when nursing the baby.
- If you are using any prescription medicines. These may be herbal or conventional medicines that could interact with Terbinafine. If you are taking any supplements, both herbal and conventional, mention them to your doctor.
- If you are allergic to any of the active/passive ingredients in the product. If allergic reaction such as swelling of skin, eyes, lips or tongue occurs or you experience difficulty in breathing, or chest/stomach tightness etc, contact your doctor immediately.
- Avoid using it when suffering from kidney problems.
- Avoid the spray or cream for ringworm infections around the eyes. Do not get the product into the eyes. If contact occurs, wash off immediately using cold water.
- Avoid the spray or cream on vaginal fungal infections.
- Do not spray on nails or the scalp Tinea infections.
Steps to use Lamisil for ringworm
- Start by washing the infected area with a mild soap. You can even use ringworm antifungal soap.
- Dry the area. Avoid sharing the used towel with others as the infection can spread. Wash the towel using hot water and bleach.
- Now you can spray the ringworm product all over the infected skin. Only use the amount recommended by the doctor. In case of the cream, cover the entire lesion and approximately 1-2 cm diameter healthy area surrounding the lesions.
- When using Lamisil for Athlete’s Foot, spray between the toes and also the insides of the socks and shoes. Use well-ventilated shoes and go bare feet when possible. This is to avoid sweating which can worsen the fungal infection. Conversely, avoid going bare feet in areas near public toilets, shower rooms of gyms or public swimming pools etc as these are usual breeding grounds of ringworm fungus.
- Repeat application of the spray or cream at least 3 times a day or as recommended by the doctor. If you miss a dose, reapply as soon as you remember.
If, despite using Lamisil for ringworm for several days, you see no signs of improvement, see your doctor immediately.