Ringworm Treatment

When you hear the term ringworm, what do you think of? Well, you should think of a fungal infection that lives on the top of your skin. People use to think that this infection was caused by a worm, and that is how it got its name. Later on, people found out that it is not caused by a worm at all. In fact, this is just a fungal infection. The name ringworm has stuck, but the medical term for it is now tinea.

Of course, do not let this fancy name fool you. Tinea is a Latin word for growing worm. From there, doctors normally add on another word to let you know where the Tinea is located. For example, Tinea capitis is scalp ringworm. The good news is that finding a ringworm treatment is pretty easy.

Prevalence

Before we talk about ringworm symptoms, we need to talk about who can get ringworm. Pretty much anyone can get this kind of fungal infection. Not only can anyone get it, but it can show up on just about any part of your body. This includes your feet, arms, and head. There is no one group of people that gets ringworm more than others. However, people who do not keep themselves clean are a lot more likely to get it.

Symptoms

Depending on the type of ringworm you have, will determine the type of ringworm symptoms you have. For example, ringworm barbae is a ringworm on your face or neck. These are one of the easiest types of ringworm to find. As you can guess, this causes a lot of itching in the area that has the infection. Then there is ringworm capitis that we talked about. This is ringworm of the scalp. This is something that affects children mostly. A lot of times, this is ringworm that gets spread at school. A lot of times this is a ringworm that will cause bald spots on your child. Of course, it can also cause things like dandruff. Finding out what kind of ringworm you have is the hard part. After that, you can get a treatment to cure it pretty fast.

Diagnosis

If you are not sure if you have ringworm or not, then you need to go talk to your doctor. He will be able to let you know if you have ringworm by just giving you a visual exam. If he finds out that it is ringworm, he will either give you some cream to kill it let you know what kind of cream or pill you should buy. Other than that, there is not much that your doctor can do for you to cure your ringworm. However, you should still go in to see him.

Treatment

The best ringworm treatment is, of course, a topical treatment. This is a type of cream that you put over the infected area. Most of the time, it's just an anti-fungal cream. This way could take as long as two weeks to kill the ringworm. If the ringworm does not respond to the topical treatment, then you have to go with a systemic ringworm treatment. This is where you have to take an oral medication to kill the ringworm. This is normally used to kill things like the ringworm of the scalp and ringworm under nails. Of course, the best treatment for you is going to be the one that your doctor tells you to use.

Home Remedies

Finding ringworm remedies is not very easy. However, there are a few ringworm home remedies that you can try. One of the best things that you can do is to use a lot of antibacterial soap and things like that. For example, GermX hand Sanitizer can help to kill off ringworm. Do keep in mind that this product is not marketed to do so. By using that and then drying your hands very good, you can fight off ringworm. It is very important that you keep your hands dry during the day. Thus, if you are going to be working with water, you may want to use plastic gloves. Over time, this causes the skin to dry up and fall off. When it does that, unaffected skin grows back over. However, this kind of treatment can take up to two weeks or more. There really is no one night cure for ringworm.

Conclusion

If you think that you have ringworm, talk to your doctor. Find out what he thinks and what kind of ringworm you have. Knowing what kind of ringworm you have is very important. You have to know what kind of ringworm that you have so that you can get the right kind of medication to cure it. Your doctor will be able to help you find the right medication. All you have to do is make sure that you get in to see your doctor when you have ringworm.

 

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