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Who is at risk for ringworm?
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Ringworm could happen to adults and children alike. Ringworm of the scalp is common with young children. Athletes are more susceptible to ringworm of the body and feet. There has been an increase in ringworm outbreaks with high school wrestling teams. Also children with pets are more likely to come in contact with ringworm spores.


Ringworm Facts

  • Ringworm is a fungal disease of the skin that can trouble animals and humans, and is seen in many different forms.
  • Ringworm is passed aroundby spores coming from from the fungus, and is durable and spreads quickly.
  • The fungus 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 prolong the disease.
  • Ringworm can occur on various parts of the body and presents itself in different ways.
  • When the ringworm fungus appears on the body is will be as a flat and round mark that is painful and irritates, and on the foot the signs are scaling and breaking of the skin
  • Ringworm can also harmones nails, where it causes them to thicken and discolour, and even become brittle.
  • Any darkening or alteration in the form 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 easily spread and, thus, easy to contract, and can be transferred in lots of ways.
  • By finding oneself in contact with someone who is already suffering from affected by ringworm one can easily be affected, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
  • Ringworm is common in cats and dogs, and also in farm animals, and young cats in particular transfer the fungus by rubbing against other cats and humans.
  • Ringworm is known to spread via the floors of showers - particularly public venues used by a number of people - as the fungus lives in damp areas.
  • The main step to ensure in treating ringworm is to reduce any contact with a patient to the minimum,
  • Furthermore it is imperative that any prescribed treatments are seen to run their course, as courses of ringworm treatment are intended to be effective over a set time.
  • Hoping the ringworm has gone and ending before that time can help it to come back.
  • It is important that a carrier is given the proper treatment, as leaving ringworm to simply go away lengthens the period over which it can be spread among others.
  • Important advice is that one should not share personal tools that could spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and cloths,
  • Items of clothes and importantly hats should not be shared around, in particular if there is a known ringworm patient 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 widely held to spread the fungus.
  • There are a great number of treatments on the market for ringworm, and these range from creams and lotions through sprays and washes.
  • The most successful treatments for ringworm involve attention to detail and eradication of the growth of the fungus.
  • To ease ringworm, towels and all bathing tools are cleaned regularly and replaced with fresh items on a frequent basis.
  • Ringworm is likely to spread if left to get out of control, and be aware that it is not needed to touch an infected animal or person to become infected.

Last update: 11:38 AM Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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