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How to Get Rid of Ringworm

Ringworm, a skin infection, which is caused by fungi, or mould, that thrives on the dead tissues of hair, nails, and skin.  It is not a worm.  Between the toes, it is called athlete’s foot.  When it reaches the groin area, you will have jock itch.  It can infect all of these places, including your scalp.

A telltale symptom will be a scaly, red-coloured patch or bump that will itch a lot.  The bump will turn into a ring, circle-shaped, patch.  It can become several rings and the inside will usually be scaly or clear.

Ringworm is a highly contagious infection.  You can get infected through:

  1. From somebody else: Ringworm is spread through skin-to-skin contact.
  2. From a pet: Grooming or rubbing a pet can cause infection.  Always wash your hands after you groomed or played with a pet.
  3. Through touching things, objects: Ringworm lingers on surfaces, for instance, combs, brushes, towels, and clothing.
  4. Infected soil: Standing barefoot or working in the infected soil can cause ringworm.

Treatments for Ringworm:

The rash can be uncomfortable but is treatable and rather common.  It is critical to prevent the spreading of the infection to others.

  1. A Doctor’s prescription; the doctor might prescribe several medications, depending on the severity of the ringworm infection. Antifungal creams, gels, ointments or sprays, as well as oral medications, can be prescribed.
  2. Over the counter medications; can be recommended to be used as well.
  3. In addition to medications; you can also avoid irritating clothing covering the infected area. Covering it with a bandage will work if you cannot avoid irritating clothing.
  4. Wash clothing and bedding daily; while the infection last it will to disinfect the surroundings.
  5. Keep your skin clean and dry; wash regularly and dry off well.

Most people respond to treatment positively and the ringworm may clear within two to four weeks.

The Power of Sharing Your Abortion Story

Statistics show that one in every three women had an abortion, every one of them had a different reason for having the abortion, and each reason is valid for that woman.

Telling your abortion story can help others going through the same experience, the same decision making process, and keeping the fact quiet, also because of the same stigma and judgemental reaction that they may get.

Sharing your story while empowering others:

  1. At 19 years old, I had an abortion. We were responsible and used a condom.  It broke.  Worried and scared I went to the clinic for family planning the next day.  I got the morning-after pill.  The emergency contraceptive did not work.  I was pregnant.

I was suffering from depression, due to personal things that happened over time.  I could not bring a child into this world without being able to cope with my own life.  A friend accompanied me to the clinic.  I had to travel abroad because abortion is not legal in my country.  It was one of the most frightening things I had to do in my life.

Nothing about abortion was easy for me.  It was a difficult decision.  I am not heartless but I knew it was the right decision.  Even though it was a hard decision, it was the best decision I could make at the time and I do not regret a thing.

  1. Both of the abortions I had happened in my late 30’s, early 40’s. Both my kids were under the age of 10.  I felt annoyed when I found out I was pregnant.  It felt like a lot of trouble, a hassle.  I went to my obstetrician to get the abortions.  He did it at the office.  I never thought that I would be in need of an abortion, I was careful, but birth control can fail.

I did not want another kid, and speaking to my husband, he did not want another one, either.  We felt there was nothing more left to give another child.  Nowadays, I might wonder what these two pregnancies I terminated, would have delivered.  What kind of people they could have become.  And that is it.

Telling their stories, without being judged for their decision, could help many other women to make the decision that will work for them.  Unplanned pregnancies happen all the time.  All women that decide on an abortion are not promiscuous or careless.  You can get pregnant even when using contraceptives.

What are Scabies and How Do You Get Them?

Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that infests the skin and is spread by being in close contact with someone else.  An infested skin will itch very much.  It is said to be the itchiest thing you can suffer.  The itching will keep you out of sleep and drive to your wits’ end.

A tiny mite is a really tiny insect that can burrow into the skin, very often through your hands, and spread throughout your body.  This tiny mite can crawl everywhere, starting with the hands and then anywhere you touch.  It can also focus on the belly button or groin.

The symptoms of scabies:

  1. Itching; is the main symptom when you are infected with scabies. The itching can be very severe and will start in one place and then spread.  The itching gets worse at night and when your skin gets hot, like after a hot bath.  You can itch everywhere, even where there are no mites present.
  2. Mite tunnels; might be noticed on the skin as dark or silvery, fine lines. You might not notice these until a rash or itching develops.
  3. Rash; usually appears just after the start of the itch. It is a typical lumpy, blotchy, reddish rash that might appear anywhere on the body.
  4. Scratching; can cause skin damage which can then becomes infected with other bacteria. The skin will become red, hot, inflamed and tender to the touch.

How do you treat scabies?

Treatment should include everybody in a household where an infected person resides.  All household members, sleeping partners, and close contacts should be treated.  Even when there are no symptoms, everybody should be treated at the same time.

Scabies can be cured.  Usually, an insecticide cream, that will kill the mites, is prescribed.  You will need to re-apply the treatment after seven days to ensure all the mites get killed.

You should apply the insecticide cream or lotion over the whole body.

Apply the lotion or cream to a dry, cool skin.  Not after taking a hot bath.

Read the leaflet of the cream and follow the instructions.  The lotion or cream should be left on the skin for the full recommended time.  8 – 12 hours for the cream and 24 hours for the lotion.

The itching and rash are caused by your body’s reaction to the mites, their eggs, their saliva or their faeces.  You can spread scabies before you know that you have been infected.