Contrary to the name, a fungus and not a worm is responsible for ringworm. Usually, it happens in the torso and limbs. Ringworm may have various names on other parts of the body, such as athlete’s foot and jock itch.
Since the fungus that causes ringworm is widespread and infectious, ringworm is hard to prevent. However, if you are already suffering from one, there are a variety of things you can do to reduce the chances of being infected or to stop the further spread of a ringworm infection.
The symptoms of ringworm infection are:
- A ring-shaped rash with slightly raised edges.
- Generally, the skin inside these circular rashes appears good. The rash is sometimes itchy and can spread.
- If the infection is on your scalp, you can also notice hair loss.
How can you treat a ringworm infection?
- You can treat it by using an antifungal cream or powder.
- To prevent the spread of your infection and keep common areas clean, follow proper hygiene measures, such as washing your hands regularly.
- Don’t touch the areas of infection continuously.
- Prevent moisture and warmth: try to remain cool and dry and avoid unnecessary sweating.
- Have your pets tested by your vet for ringworm and stay away from sick animals. Ringworm in animals looks like a missing fur patch.
- Do not use the clothes, towels or hairbrushes of other people and do not allow anyone to use your personal products if you or anyone close to you has a ringworm infection.
Therefore, the more you remain hygienic, the more you will be safe from ringworm infection. Though it’s highly contagious it can still be treated using antifungal dusting powder like Flucos that absorbs excessive sweat and prevents such fungal infections. You can consult a doctor for its usage and applications too.