People do not often have chronic ringworm, because the symptoms of ringworm are easily treated. Chronic ringworm usually occurs when someone fails to complete treatment as prescribed.
Ringworm is not caused by a worm or other parasite. It is a fungal infection that gets its name from its ring-like appearance. It generally appears as a red circular patch with a lighter center. It may be scaly and the center may look like a blister, which may or may not ooze.
Symptoms of ringworm can appear all over the body, including on the scalp. If it affects the scalp or beard, bald patches may appear.
When it affects the feet, it is often referred to as athlete's foot. This is because it is often picked up in places like gyms and locker rooms. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments such as those.
Symptoms of ringworm can also affect the nails. It causes then to turn yellowish in color and become brittle. They may even crumble.
Ringworm is contracted through direct contact with an infected person or animal or through contact with an object that has been in contact with an infected person or animal. It is highly contagious. It can be spread by domestic animals such as pets.
Avoiding contact with infected people and animals can prevent symptoms of ringworm. Common areas such as gyms and locker rooms should be kept clean. Don't share personal items such as towels, hats, and hairbrushes.
If you have ringworm, complete the entire course of treatment prescribed in order to prevent chronic ringworm. Avoid close contact with others until treatment is finished. Avoid common areas such as gyms and locker rooms in order to prevent the spread of the infection. Do not share hats, towels, hairbrushes, clothing, or other personal items. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching infected areas of your body.
Chronic ringworm can be prevented by proper treatment. There are a number of medical treatments for ringworm and there are also a number or natural treatments.
Medical treatments include creams such as Lotrimin and Mycelex. Many creams are available without a prescription. These often take about four weeks to be effective. Many people do not complete the full course of treatment, which can lead to chronic ringworm. Side effects of these creams may include skin irritation, itching, and burning sensation.
There are also a number of oral medications, such as Diflucan and Lamisil. These medications usually require a prescription. They generally must be taken for about two weeks in order to be effective. They carry the risk of many side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and in rare cases, liver damage. Remember, you much complete the full course of treatment in order for it to be effective and to prevent chronic ringworm.
In order to avoid the risk of side effects and because of the lengthy treatment times with traditional medical treatments, many people prefer natural remedies for symptoms of ringworm.
If you have symptoms of ringworm that do not clear up with treatment, see your doctor. Your doctor may take a scraping of your skin to analyze, to make sure your condition is in fact ringworm. Make sure to complete the entire course of treatment prescribed by your doctor.
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