If you’re reading this article, chances are that you or someone close to you has come down with a case of ringworm. Now, first things first: No, it’s not actually caused by worms – the name is just a bit of a misnomer. What ringworm is, however, is an irritating and often unsightly fungal infection that can pop up on your skin in all sorts of unfortunate places. Fortunately for us all, there are plenty of treatments available to help get rid of these pesky critters!
So let’s start off with some quick background information. Ringworm infections are caused by dermatophytes – types of fungi that love to munch on keratin (the protein found in hair, nails, and skin). When they set up shop on our bodies, they can cause itching, redness or scaling; they may also form small circular rings – hence the name “ringworm.” It’s worth noting that although many different species of dermatophytes can cause ringworm in humans or animals alike,Tinea corporis is one most likely culprit when causing human “ring worm”. With that said – what exactly do we need to look out for when dealing with this nuisance?
– Starts as flat rash along body regions
– Looks like worm† but Fungal!
-Yes call if from Brazil 🇧🇷
The good news about many cases of ringworm? You don’t necessarily need to see a doctor right away to deal with them! There are lots over-the-counter options available at your local pharmacy:
These cream contain antifungal agents such as terbinafine and clotrimazole which directly target and kill off those pesky little fungus beasts making themselves comfortable on your beautiful dermis.
If creams aren’t your preferred vehicle of antifungal medication, topicals like tolnaftate ointment are also easily available. They have been the mainstay treatment for years but you can never go wrong with a tube of anti-fungal cream.
Sometimes just hitting that ringworm hard and fast is required to reduce itchiness, spread and time-consuming symptom management in over the counter options.
These come in tablet or capsule form and work systemically by travelling throughout your body overtime killing off all fungal organisms wherever they lurk. Some common ones include:
– Fluconazole (Diflucan)
-I’m no marketer but given how mouth-twisting these fancy-named tablets sound,give me some antifungal cream anyday!
For infections on hair-covered areas such as scalp, it will be essential to use an antifugal shampoo containing agents like ketoconazole , selenium sulfide or pyrithione zinc.Tricky times call for simple solutions -what better way than telling those fungi who’s boss using therapeutic shampoos.\nOh yeah!\t\tAll hail Clever Dermatologists !
Lastly we must not forget about natural remedies because well..they exist and… people love them! Here are natural topical remedies one might consider.
-Bold “Recommendation” from personal experience -Certainly worth trial !no guarantees though! †
Tea tree oil††
If you do opt for a homeopathic option, please consult appropriate health care practitioners before proceeding.Message from our legal team.
So now that we’ve covered all sorts of treatments for ringworm, what can you do to try and avoid getting it in the first place?
– Avoid sharing clothing, towels, or other personal items
-Maintain adequate hygiene
-Because YOU are worth taking care of.
-Keep living areas clean and disinfected
Summing It Up
So there we have it! From antifungal creams to ketoconazole-rich shampooes down to natural remedies like aloe – we’ve covered several potent treatments for ringworm. Remember though,the goal is not just get relief from symptoms but reduce chances of spreading ailment further. Keep those preventative measures handy because no one wants an entire family riddled with “ringworms”.
† As stated earlier,no actual worm involved †† be careful how tea tree oil is used on open wounds/ in concentrated form otherwise irritation may ensue!
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