|It is a rule of thumb to continue treatment for ringworm one to two weeks after visible signs are gone.|
- Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that may trouble animals and humans, and is prevalent in many different forms.
- Ringworm can be transferredby spores coming from from the fungus, and is long lived and contagious.
- The problem itself is seen in many similar conditions, athlete�s foot among them, and it is not vital for one to one contact to prolong the disease.
- Ringworm may occur on many parts of the body and shows itself in a number of ways.
- When the ringworm fungus is found on the body is will be as a flat and round area that hurts and irritates, and on the foot the signs are scaling and cracking of the skin
- Ringworm will also harmthe nails, where it causes them to become thicker and change colour, and sometimes become brittle.
- Any marking or change in the form of the skin can be a sign of ringworm, and it will become more notable between four and ten days of being afflicted by the spore.
- Ringworm is contagious and, therefore, easy to spread, and can be passed on in a number of ways.
- By finding oneself in contact with someone who is already carrying ringworm we can easily be affected, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
- Ringworm is prevalent in cats and dogs, and also in other animals, and baby cats in particular spread the fungus by rubbing against other cats and humans.
- 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 first step to take in treating ringworm is to keep any contact with a sufferer to the minimum,
- Also it is vital that any given treatments are seen to run their course, as courses of ringworm treatment are designed to be effective over a set time.
- Believing the ringworm has gone and ending before that time can help it to reoccur.
- It is important that a sufferer is given the right treatment, as expecting ringworm to simply go away lengthens the period over which it can be spread among others.
- Sound advice is that people should not share personal tools that could spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and cloths,
- Items of clothes and particularly hats should not be shared with other people, in particular if there is a confirmed ringworm patient already.
- When a pet 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 are 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 eradication of the spread of the fungus.
- To keep away from ringworm, towels and items of bathing items are replaced regularly and replaced with fresh items on a common basis.
- Ringworm is likely to become widespread if left to get out of control, and be aware that it is not needed to touch an affected animal or person to become infected.
Last update: 11:35 AM Wednesday, April 1, 2009