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How To Treat Ringworm The Right Way

Ringworm is an infection caused by dematophytes. The infection causes rashes with a ring-like appearance, which may also lead to tinea related conditions. While ringworm can affect people of any age, it is more common in children.

What are the Causes of Ringworm?

Ringworm develops when tinea fungi grows on the skin. The fungi may spread across different areas of your body like the face, neck, scalp, and nails.Ringworm can be contagious; you can catch the infection if you touch someone or use items that have made contact by the fungus. The fungi also thrive on dead tissue or keratin protein, which causes irritation on the skin.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms may vary on the infected area. Some usually have itchy, red, and scaly patches and blisters. These are often redder around the edges, which gives it a ring-like appearance. Those who have the infection on the bearded area of their face may experience swelling and itching, which cause the hair to break off. You may also develop bald spots if you have ringworm on the scalp.

What Treatments are Available?

Ringworm treatment requires an antifungal creams, like Canesten®. You may need to apply Canesten® for at least two weeks. Doctors may recommend medications containing clotrimazole, miconazole, and ketoconazole to treat the infected area. In some cases, you may need oral medication if the antifungal cream is not effective against the infection.

How can You Prevent Ringworm?

Maintaining proper hygiene is an effective solution to prevent ringworm. Always keep your skin clean and dry, especially if you tend to sweat a lot. Wear loose and comfortable clothes to avoid rubbing against the infected area. Change your sheets every day to prevent the infection from spreading to other body parts. Consult your doctor to prevent this fungal infection from causing more problems.