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- Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that may trouble animals and people, and is prevalent in many different varieties.
- Ringworm is passed aroundby spores emitted from the fungus, and is durable and contagious.
- The fungus itself is responsible for many similar conditions, athlete�s foot among them, and it is not vital for one to one contact to pass the disease.
- Ringworm can be found on many parts of the body and manifests itself in various 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 get tothe nails, where it causes them to harden and appear discoloured, and sometimes become brittle.
- Any darkening or notable changes in the look of the skin can be a sign of ringworm, and it will become more easily noticed between four and ten days of being infected by the spore.
- Ringworm is contagious and, as a result, easy to spread, and can be passed on in lots of ways.
- By finding oneself in contact with someone who is already suffering from affected by ringworm a person can easily be infected, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
- Ringworm is common in cats and dogs, and also in domestic animals, and smaller cats in particular spread the fungus by rubbing against other cats and owners.
- Ringworm is often spread off the floors of showers - particularly public venues used by a number of people - as the fungus lives in damp areas.
- The first step to take in treating ringworm is to limit any contact with a carrier to the minimum,
- Furthermore it is imperative that any given treatments are used up, as courses of ringworm treatment are meant to be effective over a set time.
- Hoping the ringworm has gone and ending before that time can encourage it to reoccur.
- It is vital that a sufferer is given the right treatment, as leaving ringworm to simply go away prolongs the period over which it can be spread among others.
- Good advice is that people should not share personal items that could spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and other washing items,
- Items of personal use and importantly hats should not be shared with other people, in particular if there is a confirmed ringworm outbreak already.
- When a pet with ringworm is the problem then have it treated and keep contact to the least, in particular cats who are the most likely to spread the fungus.
- There are many treatments available for ringworm, and these can be creams and lotions to sprays and washes.
- The best solutions for ringworm are those that use attention to detail and banishing of the increase of the fungus.
- To keep away from ringworm, towels and other bathing tools are washed regularly and replaced with new items on a frequent basis.
- Ringworm will spread if left to get out of control, and be reminded that it is not needed to touch an infected animal or person to become infected.
Last update: 05:42 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2009