Treating ringworm is a relatively simple process. The cure for human ringworms may involve topical treatments or oral medications. Sometimes a combination of the two is recommended.
Ringworm is a condition caused by a fungal infection. It is not really caused by worms. It gets its name from its appearance. It appears as a red, raised patch of skin with a lighter center. The center may look like a blister and may or may not ooze. The skin may appear scaly.
Ringworm can appear anywhere on the body. If it appears on the scalp, patches of hair may fall out. The same thing can happen with facial hair, such as a beard or mustache.
When it appears on the foot, it is often referred to as "athlete's foot." This is because athletes commonly get it from gyms and locker rooms. Ringworm is easily spread in warm, damp places such as these.
Ringworm can be spread directly or indirectly. It can be spread directly through contact with an infected person or animal. It can be spread by domestic animals such as pets. It can be spread indirectly through objects or surfaces touched by infected people or animals. Such objects and surfaces may include towels and locker room floors, which is why ringworm is so common on the feet of athletes.
Now we'll talk about prevention, because the best cure for human ringworms starts there.
The simplest way to prevent ringworm is to avoid contact with infected people or pets. Of course, you don't always know who is infected. Keep common areas like gyms and locker rooms clean. Wearing shower shoes or "flip flops" in public showers can help prevent exposure. Avoid sharing personal items like towel, hairbrushes, and hats.
People who are infected with ringworm should make sure to complete the entire course of recommended treatment and to avoid close contact with others until treatment has been completed. They should avoid public places such as gyms, locker rooms, and public showers.
Now let's talk about treating ringworm.
Domestic animals can get ringworm and can pass it on to people. A veterinarian should treat them. Here, we are only talking about a cure for human ringworms.
Treating ringworm may involve over-the-counter medications or prescriptions medications. A cure for human ringworms may also involve natural healthcare products. Natural products may be preferred, as they do not carry the risks of severe side effects inherent with the use of traditional medications.
There are a number of topical creams that can be used for treating ringworm, including Lamisil, Lotrimin, and Mycelex. Many creams are available without a prescription. They have minimal side effects, which include skin irritation and a burning or stinging sensation when applied. The downside is that they may take four weeks or longer to be effective.
There are also a number of oral medications used for treating ringworm, including Diflucan and Griseofulvin. Lamisil also comes in an oral form. The oral medications generally require a prescription. They must be taken for about two weeks in order to be effective. They carry a much greater risk of side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, and in rare cases, serious liver damage.
In order to avoid the risks associated with standard medical treatments, and for a faster healing time, many people are turning to natural products for treating ringworm.
See a doctor if self-treatment is not effective. Be sure to ask about the benefits or a using a natural cure for human ringworms.
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