How to Get Rid of Ringworm
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin most commonly found in humans and domesticated animals such as cats, sheep and cattle. The proper medical term for ringworm is Dermatophytosis, which comes from the name of the fungi that feed on the skin and produce ringworm. While ringworm is a common infection, it’s more likely to turn up in athletes, particularly in wrestlers. This is because of all the skin-to-skin contact that takes place during sports.
Signs and Symptoms of Ringworm
The most common sign of ringworm is a red band on the skin at the primary point of infection. As you can see in the image to the left, the red mark looks a bit like a raised circle or bump on the skin, and has a clear distinction in color from the rest of the skin. Physically, those infected with ringworm will experience itching and dry skin in the infected area(s). Other than than, there aren’t too many symptoms to be on the lookout for when it comes to identifying ringworm.
How to Prevent Ringworm
By following a few rules, you can greatly decrease your chances of ever contracting ringworm. As mentioned above, if you’re actively engaged in sports, you need to pay extra close attention to these rules in order to avoid infection:
- Do not share any clothing or towels
- Wash down any sports/exercise equipment with antibacterial spray or a towel (less effective) to remove any fungi that may be present
- Never walk barefoot in public areas such as pools, locker rooms, etc.
- Do not touch pets with any bald spots, as those are typically signs of infection with Ringworm
Source: Wikipedia article on Ringworm
Home Remedies to Treat Ringworm
The first thing to do when trying to get rid of ringworm yourself is to wash all your clothes with fungicidal soap. If you catch it quick enough, there’s a good chance it won’t spread or in the worst case-scenario, you’ll end up with a minor infection that will go away quicker and is easier to treat.
To really get rid of ringworm as quickly as possible and ensure that it doesn’t spread, you’ll need to invest in some antifungal treatments. The most popular and effective ones include Miconazole, Ketoconazole, Clotrimazole, Terbinafine and Tolnaftate. You should apply these medications twice a day for about 2 weeks, which is the time when symptoms typically start to subside. Luckily, these treatments are very cost effective, and typically range anywhere from $4.00 – $15.00 depending on which one you choose and the brand. A small price to pay to get rid of ringworm.