Top Tips To Prevent Ringworm

July 9th, 2015 | Anti-Fungal

Ringworm affects approximately more than 3 million people in the United States each year. Ringworm is also referred to as tinea of the body. It appears on the skin on the skin as itchy, red rashes, that darken the skin. Some may experience peeling, flaking, fissures, and scaley patches. The rash may not always be circular, but when it is- the circles usually grow in size if not treated. Tinea of the scalp may cause bald spots.

Ringworm can appear anywhere on the body, including on the scalp, hands, feet, chest, groin, fingernails and toenails. The ringworm fungus lives on the top layer of the skin and rarely invades deeper into the body. Ringworm is usually diagnosed by appearances, and rarely requires lab tests. Children tend to get ringworm more frequently than adults, but it can happen at any age.

Ringworm is not caused by worms in the body. It is caused by a fungus, and is highly contagious. Ringworm can be contracted through personal contact with someone who is infected, or it can linger on surfaces. Once contracted, ringworm can easily spread to different areas of the body. In most cases, ringworm takes approximately four weeks to clear.

Ringworm can be prevented by following the necessary precautions. Keep this this list in mind to avoid infection.

  • Avoid direct contact with people you know have ringworm.
  • After showering, dry skin completely, especially areas of the body that may not get enough air flow, like between the toes and within skin folds.
  • Try to expose the skin to as much air as possible.
  • Don’t wear wet or sweaty clothing. Change out of sweaty active clothing quickly after a workout.
  • Wear natural cotton clothing, underwear, and socks. Synthetic clothing may prevent airflow to the skin.
  • Use antiperspirant to control sweating and perspiration.
  • Don’t share or handle personal items, like hair brushes or combs of those who have ringworm.
  • Never share clothing, underwear, hats, or towels.
  • Don’t share the same bed as someone who is infected with ringworm.
  • If a pet has ringworm, treat the pet immediately and try not to handle the pet that has come into contact with the ringworm fungus.
  • Sanitize any objects that may be shared between people with ringworm. For example, door knobs, exercise equipment, and counter tops should be cleaned with disinfectant wipes.
  • Extra diligence should be observed at sports practices. Ringworm may be spread by shared athletic equipment, like through hockey sticks or basket balls.
  • Wash hands thoroughly, especially when using in areas where many people congregate, like the gym, school, and public restrooms.
  • Wear shower shoes when using public showers, at the gym, or the pool.
  • If infected, avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body by washing hands after touching infecting area.
  • Use Terrasil Ringworm Treatment to stop the symptoms of ringworm fast!

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