How to Cure Ringworm on Your Lips

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, feeding on the keratin found on the outer layer 23. You can develop ringworm just about any place on your skin, including your scalp, your hands and your lip 23. Ringworm is highly contagious and can even spread from one body part to another 23. If you think you have lip ringworm, it is important to identify and treat it immediately to avoid spreading it 3.

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If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Recognize ringworm symptoms 3. It may look like a round, flat patch of skin that is very itchy. It can appear raised, with red scaly rings of skin. Lip ringworm may also appear in a circle, with the center looking healthy and the ring looking red or inflamed 23.

Bumps in a Circle on the Skin

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Avoid spreading your lip ringworm to other parts of your body 123. Try not to touch the affected area with your hands, and if you do, wash your hands immediately with warm, soapy water. Avoid kissing other people or sharing food and drink.

Consider over-the-counter medicine for mild cases. Almost all over-the-counter ringworm treatment is topical and comes in the form of lotion, cream or ointment 23. These medications usually must be applied twice daily. First wash and dry the affected area thoroughly, then coat the area with a thin layer of medication.

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Consider prescription medication for lip ringworm that covers a large area or does not clear up after two weeks of over-the-counter medication 23. Most prescription medications come in the form of topical ringworm treatment, such as miconzole or terbinafine 23. There are also oral medications like ketoconazole, but they are best used on ringworm found on the scalp or in the nails 23.


The directions for ringworm treatment medications can vary. Always follow your doctor's or the manufacturer’s directions.


See your health care provider if you do not see an improvement in the lip ringworm within two weeks or if you develop swelling, fluid drainage or fever.