THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR THE TREATMENT OF RINGWORM
WHAT IS RINGWORM?
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. The fungi live on the dead tissues on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection of the skin of the body is known as tinea corporis. If it occurs in between the toes then it is called athlete’s foot, if it spreads to the groin then it is called jock itch, and ringworm of the scalp is known as tinea capitis.
Ringworm often spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with the infected person.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR RINGWORM?
Risk of having ringworm are higher if:
You have close contact with the person having ringworm.
You live in a warm climate.
You have weak immunity.
You wear tight clothing.
You share your clothes, towel, bed with the infected person.
You don’t maintain hygiene.
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF RINGWORM?
Ringworm rarely spread to the deeper layers of the skin thus there is no serious illness apart from people who have weak immune system require a long time to get rid of the infection.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RINGWORM?
Red, itchy, flat, and scaly rashes on the skin
The rash I’d clear and flat at the center but raised at the borders forming a circular, irregular rough ring.
WHAT CAUSES OF RINGWORM?
Ringworm is an infection caused by a fungus that is contagious. The fungi live on the topmost layer of the skin and thrive on the dead skin cells. It may spread through different ways:
DIRECT CONTACT WITH INFECTED PERSON: skin to skin contact with an infected human would infect the other person as well.
ANIMAL TO HUMAN: if you get in association with an animal having ringworm then you can contract the infection from it.
POOR HYGIENE: if you don’t maintain hygiene then there are increased chances.
CONTACT WITH INFECTED OBJECTS: clothes, towel, bed, comb, brush of the infected person can spread the infection to other people.
DIAGNOSIS OF RINGWORM
The appearance of the ringworm is enough for diagnosis. Although skin scrapings from the affected area can be examined under the microscope would confirm the diagnosis.
TREATMENT OF RINGWORM
The usual treatment is an anti-fungal medication that would control the infection but homeopathic medicines are much more effective in treating the fungal infection permanently and without any side effects. Anti-fungal creams and medication would just suppress it and ringworms would appear again.
MANAGEMENT OF RINGWORM
If you have a fungal infection then:
You should never share your personal things like clothes, bed, towel, etc with anyone.
You should maintain hygiene so that the infection doesn’t spread more.
Take a bath every day.
Wear clean cotton clothes.
Wear loose clothes as tight clothes would aggravate the condition.
Avoid contact with infected things, people, animals.
Avoid excessive sweating.
Educate yourself and others so that catching the infection and further spread could be prevented.
Take homeopathic medicines.
HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT OF RINGWORM
Ringworm could be very rigid and tough to cure. Anti-fungal medicines and lotion just suppress it temporarily. To get a permanent cure, homeopathy is a good option as the medicines would treat the infection permanently.
Medicines like sepia, bacillinum, tuberculinum, sulphur, cal carb, etc are very good for the treatment of ringworm. But the medicines should only be taken after consulting a good homeopath and self-medication could be harmful.
DO’S & DON’TS
Know about ringworm
Wear clean clothes
Keep the infected area clean and dry
Wear loose clothes
Don’t share your clothes, bed, towel with anyone.
Avoid contact with an infected person
Avoid excessive sweating
Don’t wear tight clothes
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