Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that resembles a worm, and not an illness caused by a worm. Ringworm can grow on the skin and cause a red itchy circular patch to appear. It appears as bright red towards the edges and a less bright red towards its center, and forms a ring shaped. The margins or edges of ringworm are a little swollen because the skin is more irritated, so the affected areas look like a small worm that has the shape of a ring.

Although most of ringworm infections can be easily treated at home, you should also consult a doctor who will prescribe you the best medication that fits your case. There are different ointments that are mostly used for ringworm medication, it must be applied on the skin a few times a day for few days until the infection is gone and to make sure that it won’t appear again. In some cases, ringworm does not disappear even though you used the prescribed cream. For this instance, the infection is stronger and it needs to be treated with anti-fungal pills. The most widely used anti-fungal are:

1. azoles – anti-fungal pills that can be purchased without a medical prescription

2. allyamines – available as both creams and pills, usually don’t require medical prescriptions

3. other drugs like terbinafine, econazole, miconazole and floconazole

There also are non-chemical methods of dealing with ringworm. Ringworm thrives in moist and dark areas, so if you get a lot of sun and air, and wash your skin often and the dry it properly, you will create a hostile environment for the fungus. Sea salt is a good home remedy for curing ringworm. Applying sea salt on the infected patches will absorb all the moisture on the skin and completely dry the area, which kills the fungi. Sea salt must be repeatedly applied for at least 30 minutes until the infection disappear. This should be done for few days, depending on the severity of infection.

Manuka oil is also recommend for rubbing your infected skin, it is an extract from a species of plants that grow in New Zealand. It has been proven that this oil is very effective against the ringworm infections. When ringworm is left untreated, the infection will start spreading through the skin and it will also infect the blood cells under it. And it must be eliminated from the body by antibiotics before it causes other damages. Always ask your doctor before trying any ringworm medication because only he can tell you if it’s good and if there are any chances that it will work. 

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