Ringworm, scientifically termed as tinea corporis is an extremely common fungal infection. To be more specific, ringworm infection is resulted by dermatophytes, a kind of microbes that live on the dead outer layer of skin.
Anyone is prone to this disorder. Warm humid climate, direct contact with an infected person’s skin, weakened immunity level etc are the major reasons that lead to the development of ringworm infection. Fungal infection gets directly transmitted when close contact occurs with infected people or animal.
The characteristic symptom of ringworm infection is the appearance of red, raised and rapidly growing sores on the skin surface that have structural resemblance to rings. The sore often contains scales and fluid-filled areas. Severe itching and pain is experienced in most cases. Generally, the sores appear in groups. Ringworms are spotted mainly on the legs, arms, neck, and face.
Anti-fungal creams are found to be effective in curing ringworm lesions completely. But, if the sores deny to be healed even a week of cream application, it is advisable to seek a dermatologist’s aid. If the infection is accompanied by fever, severe pain, swelling and drainage it might be due to bacterial super infection. Such a case is considered to be more serious.
Extreme care should be taken if a person in your close circle is infected with ringworm. It is because, ringworm is highly contagious. It is advisable to avoid all sorts of contact with the lesions. Ensure that the sores are not touched with bare hands. It is extremely important to maintain proper body hygiene. The clothes of an infected family member should be washed separately.
All the other members of the family should bath twice a day by using an effective anti-septic soap. It is also advisable to dilute your bathing water with an antiseptic lotion. The infected member should strictly restrain himself from engaging in contact sports such as wrestling.