Ringworm, a Fungal Infection

It is undeniably true that many people are exposed to ringworm. Ringworm, which is also known as dermatophytosis, is caused by a closely-related group of fungi known as dermatophytes that spread among humans and animals. Dermatophytes grow rich on damp areas of the body, which include the groin, feet and underarms which give off perspiration. People with weak a immune system are highly susceptible to ringworm infection, as well as those with eczema since they have broken skin that will serve as ideal passage ways for the fungi. No matter how hard you try to maintain your body's optimal health, you can still catch ringworm, especially if you are not taking care of your personal hygiene or you have an inclination in sharing things with others. Hanging around communal areas like public gymnasiums and swimming pools, and using unsterilized things can also cause ringworm infection.

Ringworm infection is contagious, and they spread easily through different forms of contact. Direct contact with an infected person is the most common cause of ringworm infection. If an infected person scratches off the itchy spot of his body, the fungi that cause the infection will be distributed among the different parts of his body. Domesticated animals like dogs and cats can also be affected by ringworm infection, and a bald patch can be seen on the infected area of ​​the animal's body. Along these lines, it is important to know that ringworm in animals / pets could pose serious threat to members of the family; Thus, having them subjected to a skin examination is all-important. Coming in contact with things or surfaces that were used or touched by a person that has ringworm also stands among the primary causes of ringworm infection. As much as possible, avoid sharing towels, beddings, hairbrushes and other personal hygiene stuff with other people; and see to it that you disinfect your hands after using communal items like door knobs and public telephones, even keyboard of shared computers, to avoid catching the infection and spreading the fungi everywhere.

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As mentioned earlier, people with eczema have a higher propensity for catching ringworm infection since they have weakened skin barriers, making it easy for the ringworm-causing fungi to enter the skin. Also, preteen children who are yet to reach puberty are most likely to get infected with ringworm. The probability of getting ringworm infection is higher in boys than in girls because according to some medical experts, they have short hair and they gravitate towards activities that necessitate physical contact.

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If you think that you are infected with ringworm, seek treatment immediately. This way, the dispersion of the fungi that causes the infection will be prevented. The availability of topical (antifungal creams, ointments, lotions) and systemic treatments (oral medications) makes it easier for people to deal with ringworm infection. Buying over the counter medications is acceptable; However, they may not be effective enough to treat the cause of ringworm infection. The doctor may prescribe stronger healing agents depending on the severity of the infection.

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