Cure For Ring Worms

With most over-the-counter anti-fungal preparations claiming to be the best cure for ring worms, it's no wonder that so many ringworm sufferers feel overwhelmed and confused. Some are easily misled by advertisements that seem convincing - only to realize later that they wasted money on yet another disappointing medication with little or no positive results. Many people fail to treat ringworms properly because they don't know the answer to a basic question: what is a ring worm?

When treating ringworms, it is obviously crucial to determine whether or not you actually have ringworm. Even a highly effective cure for ring worms won't be of much help if you have a different kind of skin disorder. In many cases, people are not even aware that they have ringworm infections.

Exactly what is a ring worm?

Ringworm is a superficial fungal infection that affects the skin, hair, and nails. "Tinea" is the technical term for it, and depending on the affected area, more precise names can be used:
  • Tinea capitis - ringworm on the scalp.
  • Tinea corporis - ringworm on the skin.
  • Tinea cruris ("jock itch") - ringworm on the groin.
  • Tinea pedis ("athlete's foot") - ringworm on the foot.

Ringworm is a skin disease that is quite common in children, but it also affects adults. It is contagious, and it easily spreads from person to person via direct skin contact or contact with infected items and pets.

Although ringworm responds well to self-treatment, some people prefer to see a doctor. In order to prescribe an effective cure for ring worms, especially in severe and persistent cases, a doctor can make an accurate diagnosis using either of the following methods:
  • Examination of the skin under "Wood's Lamp", where fungi appear fluorescent under the blue light.
  • Microscopic examination, where affected skin is scraped, KOH (potassium hydroxide) solution is added, and the specimen is examined under a microscope.

What is a ring worm infection like?

  • On the skin: red, scaly, blister-like patches assume a ring-like formation and feel itchy.
  • On the scalp/beard: bald patches are often the notable signs.
  • On the nails: nails are discolored and appear thick.

What is a ring worm prevention strategy - a simple one that will deter the fungus from growing? Ringworm thrives in moist areas, so be sure to keep your skin clean and dry, particularly your feet. Whenever possible, wear shoes or other footwear while walking in pools, gyms, and other public places. Use your own towels, comb, and other personal care accessories - do not share them. Observance of these precautionary measures is a smart way to prevent ringworm infection or re-infection.

Ringworm tends to respond favorably to self-care through the use of skin medications such as ketoconazole and drying anti-fungal creams or powders. For severe infections that do not improve with over-the-counter products, an oral cure for ring worms (griseofulvin) is typically the treatment of choice. While such products do combat ringworm, they take a long time to become fully effective, and some are unable to completely eliminate the fungus. Additionally, some medications can have side effects.

What is a ring worm medication worth if it can't stamp out fungal infections? A better and safer alternative cure for ring worms involves the use of natural treatments that are not only effective, but also usually have no side effects.

When ringworm has spread to other areas or does not clear up from treatment, it's time to see your doctor. If you are wary of using prescription medications, ask your doctor about a natural cure for ring worms.

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