Ringworms During Pregnancy

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Dear Midwife,
I'm 18 wks pregnant and have ringworms all over my bottom and now down there. I have been to the doctor and he had prescribed me a cream but I believe it has only made it worse as they are spreading violently and look worse then before. I went back and told him and he said to just keep using it. It has now made its way up my belly.

Is it harmful to my baby if it gets inside (down there) and what should I do??


I agree with your doctor that you should keep using the cream. Your immune system doesn't work as well when you are pregnant, and ringworm is highly contagious, so it may take longer than usual for it to clear up. But the cream will help.

If you are really concerned, you can request a referral to a dermatologist just to confirm the diagnosis.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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