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.