How to tell if you have ringworm!
You’ve got these round red spots on your skin and haven’t been able to tell, what the heck are they? So, now you turn to the internet and start your research.
You come upon a term which is quite interesting, tinea!
Digging further, you find out that tinea is a term that refers to a skin condition called ringworm. But just formof tinea are you talking about.
Tinea capitis talks about scalp ringworm.
Tinea corporis speaks to the corporis or the human body.
Tinea pedis refers to the feet!
Many choices confront you a more detailed explanation of ringworm is needed. Like what is ringworm.
Well ringworm is actually a skin infection resulting from a fungus. Usually, you won’t find just one small patch of ringworm, it normally comes in groups.
But what causes ringworm?
Many people think that ringworm is caused by a worm but that it actually far from the truth. It’s a
fungal infection located on the surface of the epidermis or outer layer of the skin.
To determine the exact cause of ringworm, you physician, skin care specialist, or dermatologist will normally perform some skin scraping and evaluate them under a microscope. These cultures allow them to pinpoint not only the type of disease but also the type of treatment for ringworm necessary.
What does ringworm look like?
The fungi associated with ringworm develop multiple round spots on the skin which form rings. These round spots can be inflamed and red in nature but not always associated with the ringworm fungal infection. But, the human body houses many different types of bacteria and fungus, some are useful while others can spawn infection. Ringworm develops when the fungus tinea grows and then spreads across the skin
Here are some ringworm facts!
Is ringworm a disease that children mostly get?
While ringworm is generally associated with youngsters, it can affect individuals of all ages and skin types.
Is ringworm contagious?
Yes! Similar to lice, ringworm can be passed on by the sharing of personal items such as combs, brushes, clothing, and towels. Many athletes contract ringworm through contact with the locker room and pool surfaces.
Did you know that atheletes foot is a form of ringworm, tinea pedis!
In what type of environment does ringworm thrive?
The ringworm fungus is more prevalent in warm, moist environments that cold. We are more susceptible to it when we’re sweating and if we’ve suffered some minot trauma to the skin, scalp, or the fingernails.
Can animals be carriers of the ringworm disease?
Yes, your pets can be carriers of the ringworm disease. They can transmit it to humans and we can give it to them. Cats are more likely to carry the ringworm fungus than dogs.
What are the symptoms of ringworm?
- Itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze.
- Red scaly patches which present themselves with sharply-defined edges.
- The edges of the patches are more red than the normal skin color in the center, hence the appearance of a ring.
- Scalp problems present themselves with bald patches.
- Nail problems present themselves with discoloration, thick, and crumbling nails.
Areas of the human body and skin that can be affected by the ringworm disease:
- Beard — tinea barbae
- Body — tinea corporis
- Feet — tinea pedis (also called athlete’s foot)
- Groin area — tinea cruris (also called jock itch)
- Scalp — tinea capitis
How is ringworm diagnosed?
Most physicians, skin care specialists, and dermatologists with complete a thorough examination of the skin. They may perfrom some skin scrapings for cultures. When examined under a Wood’s Lamp, the ringworm fungus will normally glow in a dark room.
Additional testing utilized in the confirmation of a positive ringworm diagnosis:
KOH exam or skin lesion exam
What is the treatment for ringworm?
How to get rid of ringworm fast, try these tips! But, prevention is the best medicine!
- Keep your skin clean and dry.
- Apply over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, lotions, or creams that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar ingredients.
- Don’t wear clothing that rubs against and irritates the area.
- Wash sheets and nightclothes every day while you are infected.
- Your health care provider may prescribe pills to treat the fungus if you have:
- A severe case of ringworm
- Ringworm that keeps coming back or that lasts for a long time
- Ringworm in your hair
- You may need ringworm medication such as ketoconazole, which are stronger than over-the-counter products. You may also need antibiotics to treat skin infections from strep or staph that are caused by scratching the area.
- Skin medicine usually treats ringworm within 4 weeks. If your ringworm infection is severe or it does not respond well to self-care, it will usually respond quickly to antifungal pills.
How to prevent ringworm
- Keep your skin and feet clean and dry.
- Shampoo regularly, especially after haircuts.
- Do not share clothing, towels, hairbrushes, combs, headgear, or other personal care items. Such items should be thoroughly cleaned and dried after use.
- Wear sandals or shoes at gyms, lockers, and pools.
- Avoid touching pets with bald spots.
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