What is ringworm?
Ringworm, technically referred to as dermatophytosis is a condition of the skin which occurs as a result of a fungal infection in humans, household pets and sometimes domesticated animals. While it is often thought that the colloquial name represents a true description of a worm that has burrowed underneath the skin, it is in actuality a fungal infection which commonly occurs on children as often affecting those that participate in contact sports. This article will discuss the best treatment for ringworm, so that you have information at your disposal when you go and see your Doctor.
What are the causes of ringworm?
As delineated the principal cause of ringworm is a bacterial/fungal infection which affects areas of the skin which have been exposed often occuring on numberous different patches. It can affect any part of the body, including the scalp and groin area and it spreads readily from person to person through touch or through exposure to items which have become exposed to a carrier of the fungus, or from a domestic pet. The funus itself is conducive to warm, moist environments and can therefore be more likely to be passed on to a person when they are wet, as well as through minor injuries and this is the main reason why sportspeople and those that take part in physical ativities are often exposed to it. It is thought that there may be up to twenty percent of the population of a developed country that is a carrier of the fungus at any given time.
What are the symptoms of ringworm?
Ringworm is easy to recognise in that it was caused well-defined patches of raised, red and scaly skin which sometimes blister or give off a discharge. The characteristic ring-shape that is produced by an infestation of the fungus in the skin normally makes it fairly readily diagnosed. In cases where is impacts on the hair, there will be a bald patch, and if it occurs on the nails then they will normally become discoloured and sometimes crumbe.
What is the best treatment for ringworm?
Treatment for ringworm is typically via antifungal treatments which are normally topical in that they are applied directly to the affected area and may include one of a number of substances which have been shown to destroy the bacteria including miconazole, terbinafine, clotrimazole, ketoconazole or tolnaftate. Other measures which will often be recommended by a dermatologist subsequent to diagnosis are keeping the affected areas of the skin clean and dry, minimising exposure to rough clothing, washing sheets and nightclothes daily, and generally ensuring basic hygiene is adhered to. If the ringworm causes a severe reaction or is not readily resolved within a short timescale of up to two weeks then a physician may recommend prescription drugs such as ketoconazole or antibiotics in the rare case that a skin infection occurs as a byproduct of the infestation.
Where can I find the best treatment for ringworm?
All the above treatments can be found in your local chemist (some will require a prescription), however, it is our recommendation to you to always consult with your local GP before undertaking any final treatment.
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