Ringworm and jock itch

Ringworm is a common fungal skin infection. It can cause red or silver circular patches to form on the skin. When it occurs in the groin, it is sometimes called jock itch.

  1. Red or silver ring-like patches on the skin
  2. Caused by a fungal infection
  3. Resolved with antifungal treatment

Ringworm and jock itch fungal infections should be treated to prevent transmission to others. You can buy antifungal treatment for ringworm online from our UK pharmacy, and have it delivered to you in one working day.

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4 treatment(s) for Ringworm and jock itch

Lamisil (Cream and Gel)

Lamisil (Cream and Gel)

  1. Topically applied antifungal cream or gel
  2. Kills off fungal infections
  3. One or two week course
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Terbinafine Cream

Terbinafine Cream

  1. Topically applied antifungal cream
  2. Attacks fungi to kill infection
  3. Short treatment course
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Daktarin

Daktarin

  1. For fungal skin infections
  2. Cream and powder available
  3. Applied twice daily
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Clotrimazole

Clotrimazole

  1. Antifungal cream
  2. Used in ringworm, jock itch and thrush
  3. Topically applied 2-3 times a day
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Description

Ringworm is a fungal infection that can be passed from person to person via close contact. The condition is not caused by a worm parasite, instead the name refers to the ring-like rash that appears on parts of the body.

The condition, also known as tinea corporis, is caused by a fungus. Another name for a ringworm infection when it appears in the groin is tinea cruris; this is sometimes referred to as jock itch.  

You can pick up a ringworm infection from touching items that have been used by someone with the condition such as towels, bed linen or clothing. It is also possible to catch the condition from infected animals and prolonged contact with infected soil, although this is quite rare.

Ringworm causes circular patches to form on the skin. They may appear red, silver or scaly. The patches may be itchy, swollen and inflamed. Those infected with ringworm may only develop one or two patches whereas others may go on to notice several patches over their body.

Jock itch is the name given to ringworm infections when they occur in the groin. Men are more frequently diagnosed with these than women. Those who lead an active lifestyle tend to get jock itch more (hence the name). This is because tight or restrictive clothing typically worn during exercise can trap heat and moisture next to the skin, creating the perfect environment for the fungus to grow.

Ringworm and jock itch do not usually lead to serious complications, but they should be treated as soon as possible to prevent transmission to others. The sooner a treatment course is commenced the quicker the condition should resolve. When you notice a ringworm infection you should take care not to share certain items with others, such as towels or bedding. Be sure to wash and dry your hands thoroughly following each application of medication.

By maintaining a good level of hygiene, washing towels and bed linen regularly and watching out for any signs of ringworm on your pets you may reduce the likelihood of contracting this type of infection.

Ringworm and jock itch can be treated with antifungal medication.

For jock itch, Lamisil and terbinafine are antifungal cream used to attack the fungus so that the skin can heal. A course usually lasts for one to two weeks. If your infection does not clear up in this time you should seek further medical advice.

Daktarin and Clotrimazole are also available for ringworm. These contain antifungal agents too, and work in a similar way to terbinafine, by neutralising the fungus causing the infection. Clotrimazole is a cream, whereas Daktarin is available as both a cream (for ringworm) and a powder (for jock itch).

You can buy treatment for ringworm or jock itch online from our UK pharmacy. Once you have selected the treatment you require you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire. Your answers will be reviewed by a registered doctor to check that your selected medication is suitable for you. Approved orders are passed to our dispensing pharmacy so that your treatment can be delivered the next working day.

Page last reviewed:  06/12/2018
Types of Treatment

Ringworm and jock itch infections can usually be easily treated with an antifungal medication. Lamisil and terbinafine creams tend to be prescribed for one to two weeks in order to effectively clear up an infection.

Clotrimazole is another cream option for ringworm. For jock itch, Daktarin cream and powder might also be considered.

How do they work?

The active ingredient in Lamisil, terbinafine, works by disrupting fungal cell production so that the cells fail and die. Once the fungus is dead the natural skin balance can be resumed.

Clotrimazole and Daktarin are also antifungals and work in the same way.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effect experienced when using these treatments is peeling of the skin at the site of application, and a slight burning sensation.

Not all patients will experience unwanted side effects when using antifungal treatment but it is important to thoroughly read the patient leaflet so that you understand the potential reactions.

Can I take them with other medications?

There are no known interactions with Clotrimazole, Lamisil and terbinafine creams.

Daktarin can cause interactions with anticoagulants such as warfarin.

You should provide details of any medications you are taking when completing our questionnaire.

Page last reviewed:  06/12/2018
Questions and Answers

What’s the difference between the medications?

The treatments all work in a very similar way, however some are more responsive to fungi in specific environments. For ringworm infections of the groin, Lamisil, Terbinafine cream and Clotrimazole may be recommended; whereas Clotrimazole and Daktarin Activ might be suggested for ringworm infections elsewhere on the body.

If one particular treatment isn’t working, another antifungal may be more suitable. During consultation, our doctors will ask you what you’ve used before, and be able to suggest an alternative if appropriate.

Which treatment should I use?

It depends where your symptoms are, and what you’ve used before.

If you’re trying to treat a ringworm infection that isn’t in the groin, Daktarin Activ or Clotrimazole may be suitable. Infections in the groin may benefit from treatment with Lamisil cream, Terbinafine cream, Daktarin powder or Clotrimazole.

If you’re unsure, speak to your GP, or alternatively you can ask our team a question through our chat facility.

Are there different side effects?

The side effects associated with topical antifungals tend to be consistent with each other: irritation and burning at the application site are among the most common.

Refer to the leaflet for each product to read more about side effects.

How can I buy ringworm or jock itch treatment online?

You can purchase antifungal treatment for ringworm or jock itch through our online consultation and pharmacy service. Complete our questionnaire and a GMC-registered doctor will review your answers. All approved orders are shipped from our pharmacy by tracked courier. This means that you could have your treatment by the next working day.

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