Ringworm Definition / what is Ringworm? :-
Ringworm, also known as Tinea, has nothing to do with worms, but is a fungal infection that can occur anywhere on the body. On the skin, it is generally characterized by a slightly raised, usually red or brown colored patch of skin, with a light center, forming a ring shape. A ringworm infection on the scalp will usually cause a bald spot with scaly skin.
Ringworm Symptoms Signs:-
Signs of ringworm are physically visible. When there is already an appearance of one or more itchy patches in the skin with define edges most likely these are ringworms. Ringworms are different with rashes or other patches like those caused by insect bites. Ringworm patches appear like rings because they have lighter centers. When they are found in the nails, usually the nails discolor, thicken and fall.
Skin lesions are also signs of the presence of ringworm infection. These lesions are called dermatophytes.
Ringworm Causes Risk Factors:-
Ringworm causes include exposure to an infected person or animal. Ringworm is very contagious, and can be passed from person to person or from animal to person through physical contact with the infected area. It can also be passed through contact with infected objects such as sheets or hairbrushes.
Ringworm Treatments Home Natural Herbal Remedies Cures Prevention:-
Shampoo regularly; Keep your feet and skin clean and dry; Avoid touching questionable pets and animals; avoid sharing combs, towels, or clothing; Wear shoes in locker rooms and around pools.
Fungi like to thrive in moist areas like locker rooms, swimming pools and skin folds. The prevention of ringworm infection is better than waiting for its attack then curing it. Some of the prevention tips are as follows: Avoid sharing of clothing, always wear slippers especially in moist areas, avoid skin to skin contacts or shower with antifungal soap after a contact sports, dry your feet first before wearing socks and avoid contacts with pets that stay in dirty areas of the house.
The recommended oral medications for treating ringworm are Terbinafine (Lamisil) and Itraconazol (Sporanox).
This new Ringworm Home Treatment suggests covering the infected area with clear nail polish and letting it dry. It is suggested to use clear nail polish since colored ones will take longer to dry. The dried up nail polish will supposedly suffocate the fungus and cause it to deteriorate, making you ringworm free in just 3 weeks.