Ringworm is commonly thought to be caused by a parasite within the body. However, Ringworm has nothing to do with worms at all. Ringworm is a fungal infection also known as Tinea. The reason behind the name is the most common symptom: a round irritation of the skin that becomes extremely irritated around the outside. Ringworm is a very itchy rash accompanied by scaly skin.
How do you catch Ringworm?
Ringworm is most commonly caught from cats by children. Animals carry this infection and when a human comes into direct contact, they will also become infected with this nasty fungus.
How To Get Rid Of Ringworm
Ringworm is very easy to get rid of. The toughest part is making sure you do not come into contact with anyone so you can avoid spreading the infection further. Although I know Ringworm is very itchy, it is important to never itch the infected area.
Getting rid of Ringworm on your pets is just as important as getting rid of this fungal infection yourself. All you need to do is take your animal to the vet and they will be shampooed with an anti-fungal shampoo, given a pill or have a cream applied to kill the bacteria.
While any anti-fungal treatment can be used, some of the most popular are those used for Athlete’s Food. After applying ointment, it is best to cover the area with a Band-Aid to avoid coming into contact with other people are animals.
To name a few of the most popular anti-fungal medications: Monistat, and Lamisil are two of the most popular ways to get rid of Ringworm. While it may seem strange to use them for this purpose, they have been proven to work time and time again. The results are very quick and effective.
Clear nail polish is used by many people around the globe to speed up the healing process. Nail polish cuts off the airflow to the infected area, causing the Ringworm to die quicker.
Another strange treatment many people swear by is applying bleach directly onto the Ringworm. Depending on your skin’s reaction and your pain tolerance, this could potentially hurt very badly.
What Not To Do
- When you have Ringworm, it is very important not to share any personal items with others. Whether it’s a towel, a blanket or even a clothing item, there is a high chance the other person will become infected.
- As mentioned above, whatever you do, do not itch the infected area.
What you should be doing is keeping your body dry as much as possible because fungus grows faster in hot, moist areas. It is very important to keep clean. This means, not only washing the infected area(s) but also washing your hands often as well as keeping your entire body clean.
This may sound like a pain, but even a quick wash will make a difference. You don’t have to take an hour shower to be clean, just be sure to clean all of your body to avoid the fungus from spreading.
To get rid of Ringworm, you are going to have to be patient and very careful. Luckily, there are many treatments available and if all else fails, go to your doctor and they can prescribe you medication if needed. Most cases can be treated from over the counter drugs and cleanliness.