Ringworm is a common skin infection that caused by fungi. The name ringworm comes from the shape of the infected area which is in ring-shaped, more colored towards the edge and less colored in the center. The infected areas are itchy and irritated, so it resembles a worm.
Ringworm is very contagious infection, it spreads quickly in a warm season because warm and humid areas are the ringworm’s fungi thrive in. Ringworm can be taken if you touch the skin of an infected person or if you touch an infected pets, because animals can carry it too. In fact, cats are known to be the most common carriers of ringworm. To prevent being infected, always washing your skin, avoid touching things that might have been touched by infected person and wear loose clothes that do not touch and press against the skin like tight clothing.
The symptoms of ringworm are the red itchy worm-shaped patches of skin that appear where the fungi develops. If they are not treated, it can spread through the skin and can also infect the blood. In this case antibiotics are needed to kill the foreign organisms from the blood. This infection has an incubation period of 4-5 days, right after the symptoms start to appear.
Consult a doctor as soon as you discover that you have ringworm, to avoid its spreading to other parts of the body and to other people. Ointments and antifungal pills are the most common medication that can treat ringworm. The ointments must be applied to the infected areas until the ringworm disappear and continued for few days after, because some of the bacteria can re-appear.
It is very ease to diagnose ringworm, physicians usually do it by just looking at the infected areas. In rare cases, a sample from the skin surface is taken and analyzed. Because it’s easy to diagnose ringworm, most of the ointments are available without prescription. But still, asking for a doctor’s advice is recommended. Anti-fungal pills are prescribed when the infection has spread to many areas. These should be taken only when the doctor advises you to do so.
If it’s treated properly ringworm will disappear in a few days. But if not, it will spread and irritate more areas of the body, reaching deeper and deeper. So if you have ringworm start treating it immediately.
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