Tinea, or the most commonly used term, ringworm, is a contagious fungal infection of the skin or scalp. Ringworm lives on the dead tissues of one’s skin, nails, hair etc. It is caused by the fungus Trichophyton Rubrum that spreads from one person to another and Microsporum Canis that is spread by cats and dogs.
Anyone can get ringworm, including animals, but those who are most prone to catching this type of infection are athletes, those who use public showers or locker rooms, children, and even people who sweat excessively and wear tight shoes. Ringworm is spread by skin-to-skin contact from a person who is infected, infected animals, and touching a contaminated surface.
- Red, itchy, scaly or raised rash
- Blister-like patches that may also begin to ooze
- Patches that may be redder on the outside edges and resemble a ring
- Edges of the rash that are raised and defined
- Spreading throughout the body
Ringworm treatments depends on where exactly the infection is and how severe. Some infected may need a prescription from a doctor, while others may be able to use an over-the-counter drug such as an antifungal cream, powder or lotion. If you are infected, you need to make sure you wash the area with soap and water and be certain that it is dry completely before applying any medication. If your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks you may want to see your physician.
- Do not share items such as towels, combs, brushes, bed linens, clothing, hats, socks, etc.
- Do not scratch the infected area because that may cause it to spread
- Avoid warm moist areas for that is where fungi thrive
- If you have pets make sure they do not suffer from fungal infections and regular medical exams are recommended
- Clean, disinfect and dry everything used by someone who was infected properly before using again
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