|It is said ringworm spores can live in the environment for up to eight months.|
- Ringworm is a fungal disease of the skin that may trouble animals and humans, and is seen in many different varieties.
- Ringworm is transferredby spores given off from the fungus, and is difficult to get rid of and easily spread.
- The problem itself is seen in several similar conditions, athlete�s foot among them, and it is not vital for one to one contact to prolong the disease.
- Ringworm will be found on many parts of the body and presents itself in different ways.
- When ringworm appears on the body is will be as a flat and round area that is painful and irritates, and on the foot the signs are scaling and cracking of the skin
- Ringworm will also get tothe nails, where it causes them to thicken and appear discoloured, and often become brittle.
- Any marking 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 infected by the spore.
- Ringworm is contagious and, therefore, very easy to spread, and can be spread in many ways.
- By being in contact with one who is already suffering from affected by ringworm one can easily be infected, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
- Ringworm is common in cats and dogs, and also in farm animals, and smaller cats in particular spread the fungus by rubbing against other cats and owners.
- Ringworm is frequently spread off the floors of showers - particularly public venues used by a number of people - as the fungus thrives in damp areas.
- The main step to take in treating ringworm is to limit any contact with a carrier to the minimum,
- Furthermore it is important that any prescribed treatments are used up, as courses of ringworm treatment are designed to be effective over a set time.
- Expecting the ringworm has gone and ending before that time can encourage it to come back.
- It is important that a patient is given the proper treatment, as leaving ringworm to simply go away prolongs the period over which it could be spread among others.
- Important advice is that one should not share personal things that may spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and other washing items,
- Items of clothes and importantly hats should not be shared with other people, in particular if there is a confirmed ringworm incidence already.
- Assuming a family animal with ringworm is the sufferer then have it treated and keep contact to a minimum, in particular cats who are the most likely to spread the fungus.
- There exist many treatments available for ringworm, and these come in the form of creams and lotions or sprays and washes.
- The most successful treatments for ringworm are the ones that show attention to detail and prevention of the growth of the fungus.
- To prevent ringworm, towels and all bathing flannels are cleaned regularly and replaced with clean items on a frequent basis.
- Ringworm can become widespread if left to get out of control, and be reminded that it is not essential to touch an already suffering animal or person to become infected.
Joy D. said, “That’s why it’s so important to clean everything. If you or your kid had a ringworm and sat on the sofa to watch tv. Anything that touched the infected area could be contagious. So the next person to sit there could possibly get a ringworm too."
Colleen O. writes, “Xtreme Clean is great for cleaning anything. It kills everything including: germs, mold, bacteria, parasites, and fungus. You can use it on rugs, carpets, floors, counter tops, furniture and clothing.”
Iliana G. said, “I didn’t know that the spores could fall off and live that long. That’s a long time.”
Barb H. said, “ Ring worm spores can be found in carpeting, furniture, pet bedding and even in air filters. The spores can live up to 18 months. This is why treatment for ringworm must also include a thorough house cleaning! This should be done by disinfecting your home. Remove and replace all used air filters, too. Any spores left could reinfect you or your pet. Throw away any pet bedding that may be contaminated or make sure to clean them very carefully with a disinfectant solution.”
Last update: 09:07 AM Wednesday, April 1, 2009