What is Ringworm?

Ringworm, also called Tinea, is a contagious skin infection caused by a fungus that can affect the scalp, body, feet, and nails. The fungus that causes ringworm lives in humans and animals. The name ringworm comes from the characteristic ring that appears on the infected person’s skin. It affects people of all ages. It may begin in late childhood or young adulthood and usually continues throughout life.

Causes of Ringworm

Ringworm can be caused by direct or indirect contact with an infected person or pet. It can be indirectly caused by sharing objects such as hats, combs, and brushes of an infected person. In rare cases, it can be spread by contact with soil.

Treatment for Ringworm

Psoriasis can usually be controlled, but not cured. Ringworm infection can be treated both topically and systemically.

  • Topical treatment:– many antifungal creams, powders or lotions can clear the condition in about two weeks. However, ringworm of the scalp or nails requires oral antifungal medication. Your dermatologist may prescribe medicines containing miconazole or clotrimazole and these have proven effective for ringworm infection.
  • Systemic treatment:– Fungal infections such as scalp ringworm that do not respond well to external medications, respond to oral medications containing ketoconazole.

Preventive tips for Ringworm

Prevention may be difficult because it is contagious and the fungus causing the infection is very common. Practicing the healthy steps mentioned below may prevent you from becoming infected.

  • Avoid sharing hats, clothes, combs, brushes or other personal items of an infected person.
  • Keep your skin clean and dry.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes.
  • Wear shoes or flip-flops in gyms and pools and other public areas.
  • Avoid infected pets or pets with bald spots.
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