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:
- From somebody else: Ringworm is spread through skin-to-skin contact.
- From a pet: Grooming or rubbing a pet can cause infection. Always wash your hands after you groomed or played with a pet.
- Through touching things, objects: Ringworm lingers on surfaces, for instance, combs, brushes, towels, and clothing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Over the counter medications; can be recommended to be used as well.
- 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.
- Wash clothing and bedding daily; while the infection last it will to disinfect the surroundings.
- 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.