Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."


Tammy writes, "Can antibodics help ring worms?"

Answer: Ringworm is a type of fungus that can infect any part of the body, but typically has a liking for the skin and scalp.

It usually has a very typical "ring" appearance, which is why it was given the name "ringworm." They are not worms!

The treatment for ringworm is a type of antibiotic (antifungal) used to kill the fungus that causes it. There are some creams that can be purchased over the counter to treat ringworm on the skin. Ringworm of the scalp usually needs a prescription medication that is taken by mouth. This usually consists of weeks of therapy. A medicated shampoo in conjunction with the oral medicine works well. This, as well as any medication prescribed should be taken under the supervision of your physician.

Because ringworm is contagious, remember to wash hands and avoid close and direct contact until days after treatment has begun. Consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns.

Dr. Betti

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.