Ringworm Guide – Causes, Symptoms,Treatment And More
Ringworm is a common skin infection that has nothing to do with worms. It is a condition which is caused by fungal infection. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the Ringworm infection.
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What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a skin condition caused by a fungal infection that can affect different parts of your body— Your skin, scalp, hands, feet (also known as tinea pedis), groin, toenails, fingernails, or leg. There are around 40 different species of fungi that can cause Ringworm. The scientific names for these fungi are Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton.
As stated above, Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection. There are many ways one can contract Ringworm:
- Human-to-human via direct contact with an infected person
- Object-to-human – The fungus can be present on surfaces
The word ring comes from its symptoms, which looks like a scaly ring-shaped area, typically on the buttocks, trunk, arms and legs. You may experience itchiness, red, scaly cracked skin, and in the case of the scalp, hair loss.
How Is Ringworm Diagnosed?
Your doctor or healthcare provider will typically look at the affected area and ask some questions about your symptoms. They may also take a affected skin sample for analysis.
Ringworm Treatment Options
Treatment of Ringworm depends on the location of the infection. Ringworm on the scalp is usually treated with antifungal medication. For other areas, non-prescription antifungal creams, lotions, and powders can help alleviate the symptoms. Steroid creams are not recommended as it will weaken your immune system and cause the fungal infection to spread further. Do note that some of these fungal infections may last for weeks. If the non-prescription medications are not working or the symptoms are prolonged, it is recommended to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Recommended Products For Treating Ringworm
1) Creobic Cream
Creobic cream is an antifungal cream that contains clotrimazole. To use, apply thinly & evenly to the affected area twice or 3 times for at least 1 month or 2 weeks after the disappearance of all signs of infection to prevent relapse.
2) Three Legs Tinea-Kare Antifungal Cream
Three Legs Tinea-Kare antifungal cream contains clotrimazole as an active ingredient. To use, wash and dry the affected area and then spray a thin layer of product on the affected area. It should be used 2 times daily, and for 2-4 weeks even after the disappearance of all signs of infection to prevent relapse.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ringworm
Is Ringworm contagious?
Yes, Ringworm can be contagious and exposing yourself via direct contact to someone infected may cause the spread of the infection.
Does Ringworm affect animals?
Yes – Ringworm affects animals such as your pet cat or dogs. It can also be contagious via animal to human transfer.
Who is at risk of contracting Ringworm?
Anyone, regardless of age and gender can contract the Ringworm infection. Good prevention practices include having good hygiene, avoid high risk areas and sharing items.
How long does Ringworm last?
For mild cases, typically around 2-4 weeks. However, in more serious cases it could clear up in up to 3 months.
How To Prevent Ringworm?
Proper hygiene is important to help prevent Ringworm, especially in places with warm climate which can create conditions for the fungus to thrive. As a general rule of thumb, you want to stay cool and dry, keep clean, wash your hands often, don’t share items in public areas such as gyms, locker rooms, and swimming pools as these are high risk areas.
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