What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a clinical condition also known as dermatophytosis. It is caused by fungi and not by parasitic worms as some people believe it to be because of its name. The “ring” portion of the name is due to the red rings that form on the affected areas.
It is very easy to contract the fungi that cause ringworm through contact with infected skin or other objects, clothing, towels, infected pets, and various sports equipment. Coming in contact with infected floors, soils, walls, or other areas can also cause ringworm to appear.
This is the reason why the infection is very commonly spread in gyms, sporting facilities, and various public places.
Symptoms Of Dermatophytosis
- Itchy skin
- A red ring, with the area that forms the ring being raised.
- The ring can become scaly and thicken.
- When affecting a nail, this will discolor and could crumble or even fall off.
How To Cure Ringworm
- One of the most effective options in treating ringworm at home is to keep the affected area clean and dry at all times. Fungicidal soap is also preferred. This will help stop the growth of the fungi. This will also aid in keeping the area more open to the treatment options applied unto it.
- Place a Copper coin that has been soaked in apple cider vinegar on ring area.
- Boil tobacco leaves and apply the juice several times a day with a touch of apple cider vinegar.
- Apply burdock root tea and vinegar on the affected area.
- Another unconventional home treatment method is using nail polish to cover the affected area and to prevent oxygen from reaching the fungi. This is thought to cause the fungi to eventually die from lack of oxygen.
- Baking soda is also very effective in treating ringworm. A paste is created from a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with a small amount of water. This paste is applied unto the affected area and allowed to dry. When the paste begins to flake off, remove it.
Prevention Of Dermatophytosis
Always, prevention is much better than cure. The following are some of the ways to prevent contracting ringworms:
- Avoid touching pets, especially on their bald parts.
- Avoid walking barefoot or touching surfaces and walls unnecessarily when in locker rooms, at the beach, or even by the swimming pools.
- Avoid sharing clothing, towels, and bed sheets with others.
- Keep the hands and body clean at all times by bathing regularly, especially using fungicidal soap. It is also best to take a shower after using the gym and other public structures like sports equipment.