As they say, it always pays to be in the know. I believe that it makes perfect sense for all individuals to be well informed on the single most common skin infection they will ever come across. Ringworm.
Well in reality Ringworm is not caused by a worm. It is a misnomer; Ringworm is actually a fungal infection. It is also called tinea.
Well unfortunately; you would be wrong. Ringworm can affect practically anyone at any point in their life. It is a highly contagious disease that can spread from one part of the body to another and also from one person to another. There are some groups which are at higher risk of contacting the infection like children, athletes and pet lovers, but what is important to know is that it spreads primarily by contact with the infected person or animal and by sharing of objects like clothes, bedding, towels etc
Ringworm presents as red itchy patches in the form of rings in which the centre is clear and the borders are active (red in colour). It is accompanied by intense itching, so much so that it affects routine life and even sleep.
Although it is most commonly seen on closed areas like groin, buttocks and under arms, it can occur on any part of the body including but not limited to hands feet, scalp, nails and stomach.
When it occurs on groin, it is called jock itch. When it occurs on feet it is called athlete’s foot.
Well on an everyday level we are all exposed to various bacteria, fungus and viruses. The fungus that causes Ringworm flourishes in a hot and humid environment and we are after all in India.
Aggravators for Ringworm include increased sweating, diabetes, weak immune system, tight or restrictive clothing etc.
Close contact sports or activities like wrestling, contact with infected pets are typically responsible for Ringworm infections.
Well the first thing to know about Ringworm is what not to do.
Visit a dermatologist. Do not self-medicate. The treatment will include oral and topical anti-fungal medication. And it will include medication that can control the itching.
Well unfortunately it’s not true. The infection can recur due to external factors. It is best to know how to prevent it. Here are some thoughts.
-Wear loose clothing
-Avoid sharing clothes, towels, napkins etc.
-If you have pets, on any sign of infection in the pet get the same treated immediately.
-Bathe immediately after exercise or change clothes after swimming
-In case you have an infected person in the family, wash the clothes and linen of the infected person separately.
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