Causes of Ringworm – Tinea Corpora
A ringworm infection is an itchy infection on the skin, which is red in the form of a circle. This is also known as skin fungus infection which can spread on different parts of the body, and may be caused by person-to-person contact. Ringworm infection is most commonly associated with children that have skin rashes. Ringworm is not a worm; it is a fungus that feeds on perspiration and dead skin cells. Ringworm can be spread from infected pets and animals onto humans. Ringworm is not always circular in appearance, skin fungus have different appearances.
The fungus may stay on one part of the skin or it might spread to other areas. Ringworm – Tinea Corpora– is a skin fungus that can be contagious and spread from one individual to the next, especially by athlete’s foot. The athlete’s foot can cause ringworm infection to the next person, by sharing towels, hairbrushes, showers, gym locker rooms, swimming pools, and bed linens. Ringworm – Tinea can cause infection on the feet, body, scalp, and groin area (jock itch). Also a weakened immune system can assist with the spreading of skin fungus on the body. Another possible cause of ringworm is when an individual is sweating and the bacteria from their fingernails mix with their sweat as they scratch their skin.
Treatment of Ringworm:
- Eat healthy foods that contain natural vitamins, this will assist with building your immune system.
- Drink 4-7 glasses of water daily (8 ounces); exercise 5 minutes daily.
- Importantly, take a shower after working out, to keep the skin dry and free from sweat.
- Use Dial Antibacterial Soap when showering.
- Wear 100% cotton fabric blouses and shirts.
- Change clothes twice a day when using anti-fungal creams.
- Wash laundry with Arm and Hammer liquid detergent instead of using powder detergents.
- Wash hands approximately 4-6 times a day.
- Wipe affected areas on skin once a day with Isopropyl Alcohol on a cotton ball.
- Wipe affected areas with Witch Hazel astringent using a cotton pad or cotton ball.
- Possibly take a shower daily until symptoms improve.
If ringworm affects your scalp contact a Dermatologist doctor immediately. Keep your skin dry and clean; don’t share personal items with other individuals such as underwear, towels, shoes, hair combs or brushes, bedding, pillows, etc. And if you noticed red circular blotches on the skin that are itchy, call your doctor as soon as possible. Most skin fungus problems can be treated at home with an over-the-counter cream such as “Derman.”
This anti-fungal cream is commonly used for athlete’s foot, but can also be used on the skin as well. When using the cream, clean the area first, and then apply a thin layer. Be sure to wash your hands first. Apply the Derman Anti-fungal Cream twice a day morning and at night, for 4 weeks to the affected area of the skin. Derman Anti-fungal Cream is available at Walmart in the Pharmacy isle. And if skin problems persist after using the anti-fungal cream for 4 weeks, contact a Dermatologist. And for fingernail and scalp fungus, call a Dermatologist doctor for an oral antibiotic treatment.
My other article about lice problems and lice on the scalp; http://hubpages.com/hub/Liceonscalp
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