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Will having a ring worm spot on the skin cause me to get jock itch and athlete's foot?
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The same fungus that causes ringworm causes athlete's foot and jock itch. You need to be extra careful not to spread ringworm to other areas of your body.


Ringworm Facts

  • Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that will affect animals and us, and is found in many different varieties.
  • Ringworm is passed aroundby spores emitted from the fungus, and is durable and contagious.
  • The spore itself is seen in a number of similar conditions, athlete�s foot among them, and it is not essential for one to one contact to pass the disease.
  • Ringworm can be seen on various parts of the body and shows itself in different ways.
  • When the ringworm fungus is seen on the body is will be as a flat and round mark that itches and irritates, and on the foot the signs are scaling and cracking of the skin
  • Ringworm may also harmones nails, where it causes them to harden and appear discoloured, and sometimes become brittle.
  • Any discolouring or change in the appearance of the skin can be a sign of ringworm, and it will become more easily noticed between four and ten days of being affected by the spore.
  • Ringworm is contagious and, as a result, easy to contract, and can be transferred in many ways.
  • By finding oneself in contact with a person or animal who is already suffering from affected by ringworm we can easily be endangered by the problem, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
  • Ringworm is prevalent in cats and dogs, and also in farm animals, and young cats in particular pass on the fungus by rubbing against other cats and humans.
  • Ringworm is known to spread via the floors of showers - in particular public venues used by many people - as the fungus breeds in damp areas.
  • The first step to remember in treating ringworm is to keep any contact with a carrier to the minimum,
  • In addition it is important that any given treatments are used up, as courses of ringworm treatment are intended to be effective over a set time.
  • Expecting the ringworm has been eradicated and ending before that time can help it to reoccur.
  • It is vital that a patient is given the correct treatment, as expecting ringworm to simply go away prolongs the period over which it can be spread among others.
  • Sound advice is that one should not share personal things that can spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and other washing items,
  • Items of clothing and particularly hats should not be shared with other people, in particular if there is a existing ringworm incidence already.
  • If a family animal with ringworm is the problem then have it treated and keep contact to a minimum, in particular cats who are the most probable to spread the fungus.
  • There are many different treatments one can buy for ringworm, and these range from creams and lotions through sprays and washes.
  • The most effective solutions for ringworm involve attention to detail and eradication of the increase of the fungus.
  • To ease ringworm, towels and all bathing tools are replaced regularly and replaced with new items on a frequent basis.
  • Ringworm can become widespread if left to get out of control, and be aware that it is not essential to touch an already suffering animal or person to become infected.



Shannon N. writes, “Yes, if you have a ringworm don’t scratch it, then scratch other parts of your body. Even towels when you’re drying off can spread the fungus. Fungus’ like warm moist areas, so private parts and feet are likely spots for them to grow.” 
Marcy W. said, “Jock itch got its name because it’s seen mostly in athlete’s who sweat a lot while playing sports. But the fungus that causes infection can grow on anybody who spends time in hot and humid weather.  Also people who wear tight clothing like bathing suits, share towels and clothing, and don't completely dry off their skin are more likely to get ringworms. Ringworms can last for weeks or months without treatment.” 
Sheri B. said, “Athlete's foot is contagious and can be spread in warm, wet areas, such as public showers or pool areas. Make sure your kids wear flip-flops or shower shoes when they go to a public pool or in a locker room.” 

Last update: 12:49 PM Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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