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Ringworm Explained: The Causes Of Your Ringworm And Your Choice Of Remedies

Aug 25, 2008
Ringworm is a skin and scalp virus that is also called "Tinea". It's a fungal infection that can exist on any part of the body. Contrary to its name, ringworm has nothing to do with a worm. It is mainly a reddish to brownish bumpy part of skin that can be lighter in color at the center, which gives it a look of a ring.

The infection can be spread from human to human, through contact with animals and in communal changing places such as swimming pools. Schools and nurseries are perfect places for your kids to catch ringworm.

There are a few types of ringworm that can affect a number of parts of the body. Some can be unsightly, itchy and chronic. This information will center on the various types of ringworm that affect the body, and the ringworm remedies available.

Although the world is full of infection causing yeasts and bacteria, only a few cause skin problems. These bacteria start to cause problems either by coming into contact with an infected person or animal, or by contact with any object that has been touched by an infected person or animal.

Another reason people can get bacterial infections is with the over use of antibiotics. Anti bacterial drugs such as antibiotics kill the body's friendly bacteria that lives on your skin. This friendly bacteria is the body's natural defence against infection causing fungus and other bacteria.

The symptoms of Ringworm include scaly, red, itchy raised patches that could ulcerate and ooze. The patches often possess well-defined edges. These patches will often be redder around the outside with normal skin color in the middle. This might create the look of a ring. Your skin probably will also look strangely dark or light. When the scalp or beard has an infected area, you will have bald patches.

Your health practitioner will usually first identify your ringworm by the ring-shaped skin eruption. To properly diagnose that you're suffering from ringworm fungus, your health practitioner will probably look at a skin scraping under a microscope.

Anti-fungal creams are available can be purchased for jock itch, and are often mixed with a mild antiseptic and a weak steroid to tone down your itching. Keeping the skin infection clean and well aired plays an important role in healing this infection. If your over the counter treatment doesn't work, or the infection is widespread, you should see your health practitioner. He may prescribe you a stronger treatment such as Fluconazole.

Luckily, ringworm is fairly easy to diagnose and relieve. Health practitioners can usually diagnose the infection based on its characteristics, but on occasions they will take a tiny sample of the infected area to test it for bacteria.

The health practitioner may recommend an anti-fungal ointment for the ringworm of the skin or an oral anti fungal drugs for a scalp infection.

There are successful natural treatments that can treat both your scalp and skin ringworm infection. There are a few things you should take look at when taking oral anti fungal drugs for your ringworm. One of these is starting a family within 6 months of the treatment if you're a man.

Natural fungal infection treatments can be used by the everyone in your family at the same time. This works out a lot cheaper saving you the need to buy a different treatment for every family member.
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