|It is best not to cover up a ringworm spot because it does not allow the skin to breathe and causes the ringworm fungus to fester on the skin.|
- Ringworm is a fungal disease of the skin that will affect animals and people, and is found in many different forms.
- Ringworm can be passed aroundby spores emitted from the fungus, and is durable and easily spread.
- The fungus itself is responsible for a number of similar conditions, athlete�s foot among them, and it is not necessary for one to one contact to pass the disease.
- Ringworm can be found on different parts of the body and shows itself in various ways.
- When the ringworm fungus is seen on the body is will be as a flat and round area that itches and irritates, and on the foot the signs are scaling and breaking of the skin
- Ringworm can also affectthe nails, where it causes them to harden and discolour, and even become brittle.
- Any discolouring or notable changes in the appearance of the skin can be a sign of ringworm, and it will become more obvious between four and ten days of being affected by the spore.
- Ringworm is contagious and, as a result, easy to contract, and can be passed on in a number of ways.
- By being in contact with someone who is already carrying ringworm a person can easily be endangered by the problem, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
- Ringworm is virulent in cats and dogs, and also in other animals, and smaller cats in particular spread the fungus by rubbing against other cats and humans.
- Ringworm is often spread off the floors of showers - in particular public venues used by many people - as the fungus thrives in damp areas.
- The main step to ensure in treating ringworm is to limit any contact with a carrier to the minimum,
- In addition it is important that any ringworm treatments are seen to run their course, as courses of ringworm treatment are intended to be effective over a set time.
- Expecting the ringworm has been treated and stopping before that time can invite it to return.
- It is imperative that a patient is given the correct treatment, as hoping for ringworm to simply go away prolongs the period over which it could be spread among others.
- Good advice is that people should not share personal things that could spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and hygiene items,
- Items of clothes and importantly hats should not be shared among other, in particular if there is a known ringworm outbreak already.
- When a pet with ringworm is the patient then have it treated and keep contact to only essential time, in particular cats who are the most probable to spread the fungus.
- There is a great number of treatments on the market for ringworm, and these range from creams and lotions or sprays and washes.
- The most effective solutions for ringworm are those that use attention to detail and banishing of the spread of the fungus.
- To keep away from ringworm, towels and other bathing flannels are cleaned regularly and replaced with clean items on a common basis.
- Ringworm will become widespread if left to get out of control, and be reminded that it is not essential to touch an affected animal or person to become infected.
Last update: 05:39 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2009