Ringworm is a fungal infection that occurs on the skin. The name comes from the ring-like appearance that appears. Ringworm is easily transmitted between people, and it can also be acquired from pets as well. It can occur on any part of the body, including the scalp. Ringworm can be treated with several over-the-counter medications and generally does not require a physician visit.
Purchase a tube of Lamisil, also known as terbinafine, from your local drugstore. According to the NYU Langone Medical Center, Lamisil is a highly effective form of treatment for ringworm. Unlike other anti-fungal creams, Lamisil can clear up ringworm in one week, instead of four weeks as with other creams.
Clean the skin to be treated using mild soap and water and pat dry using a clean paper towel.
Apply a pea-size amount of Lamisil to the ringworm area and rub in gently until the cream is distributed evenly on the skin.
Allow the ringworm to remain open to air; do not cover with a bandage or tight clothing. It is necessary to allow the ringworm to remain dry for it to heal.
Apply the Lamisil cream twice daily for seven days without skipping doses.
Do not use Lamisil if you are allergic to the medication. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor prior to using the cream. Use only one anti-fungal cream at a time.