Ringworm is a common infection that generally happens during childhood. The name is a bit misleading since the causative factor for this is nothing but a fungus and not a worm! The rash is generally circular and elevated and therefore the term is given more for its appearance and than its origin. The fungi producing this infection are primarily of two types namely; Trichophyton tonsurans and Microsporum canis. This infection might happen anywhere on the body, but the commonest places are on the scalp, arms or legs.
Most ringworm infections might be simply treated with no difficulties using some topical antifungal creams except for when the infection includes the scalp above the hairline. In such case, it is to be treated with some medications given orally.
The itching usually goes away within the first few days of appropriate treatment, but the rashes take a bit longer. The best way to restrict the infection from spreading is using the medication appropriately and continues taking it at least for a couple of weeks after the rashes have gone off. If it returns oftentimes or other family member is getting infected, it might be helpful treating everybody in the household. If there are pets such as a dog or cat, it might be the source as well. Pets incline to transmit some specific kind of fungus that can be tested for by taking culture the fungus from the rashes of the person who is infected with condition like ringworm.
Keeping such causes (pets) away from infection is the way to prevent it. Pets are to be cleaned regularly. Proper bathing is important and one should not let body parts remain wet as fungus grows faster in humidity. Socks and innerwear should be washed and never to be worn for longer duration. Keep spicy, oily, junk and fermented foods in limit and add dark green leafy vegetables in your daily diet.