Ringworm infection is a very common skin infection which is caused by a fungus. This fungus grows and spreads along the outer layer of the skin and is more frequently observed around the stomach and lower part of the abdomen, under the armpits, between the thighs and around the groin. Less frequently ringworm infection is found around the skin folds around the neck and behind the ears.
While this fungi is present everywhere, they usually thrive in moist and warm areas. Individuals are more prone to getting contracted by these fungi. The risk of getting infected by this fungal infection is highest humid environments like the locker rooms, swimming pools, gyms, etc.
Causes Of Ringworm On The Stomach
Ringworm is caused due to Tinea Corporis, which spreads from one person to another through touch. It can also be caused due to Microsporum canis, which is spread by domestic pets like dogs and cats. The latter is less commonly observed by is associated with more severe symptoms.
Ringworm on stomach can spread through direct or indirect contact in the form of using contaminated towels, clothing or equipment or sport gears of an infected person.
Ringworm on stomach can also be caused due to accidental spreading of fungal infection affecting other parts of the body to the stomach like athlete’s foot or jock itch. Experts suggest that tendency to develop fungal infection on the skin may run within families.
Ringworm On Stomach Symptoms
One of the most prominent symptoms of ringworm on the stomach is severe itching and redness. Occasionally the person may complain of scaling, cracking and peeling of the skin with formation of blisters.
The typical ring like appearance of the infection is associated with an elevated margin and a flat depressed central region. As the infection progresses, the size of the ring becomes larger and the diameter of the ring increases rapidly.
Often ringworm is confused with other skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema; however the characteristic appearance and its ability to spread rapidly to other parts of the skin, through touch can be useful in the differential diagnosis.
Home Remedies For Ringworm On Stomach
Here are some simple home remedies and natural treatment options to treat ringworm,
- Local application of paste of turmeric is considered to be very useful. Turmeric has strong anti-microbial properties which can help kill the fungi and prevent further spread. Continue application for three times a day for a minimum of two weeks, till the symptoms completely disappear. Ringworm is very infectious and can reappear if the treatment is stopped before the fungus is completely destroyed.
- Local application of tea tree oil is equally beneficial in management of fungal infections, especially when ringworm is linked with athlete’s foot. Undiluted tea tree oil should be applied, though it may be associated with severe stinging sensation.
- Maintaining hygiene and avoiding sharing towels, cloths or personal equipment with others is imperative. Regularly wash the affected site with warm water and soap in order to prevent it from spreading to other areas.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting cloths, especially around the stomach. These can increase friction and thereby contribute in the rapid spread of the fungal infection. Wash your clothes thoroughly before wearing them, in order to avoid re-infections.
- Homeopathic drugs like Graphitis and Sulphur can be beneficial, however seek medical advice before using them.