One fungal skin infection that is to be taken seriously is ringworm. This skin problem caused by fungus that stays and thrives on the skin, is very contagious. Contrary to its term “ringworm”, the disease is not caused by worms. It is only termed as such because it is very itchy, much like tiny worms are crawling on the skin. When ringworm becomes visible, they look like circular patches on the skin and when they become more serious they develop into blisters that result to infection. Because ringworm is contagious, children are the ones mostly affected due to constant contact with one another especially in schools.
To treat ringworm, here are some useful tips:
- Clean up as often as you can. When bathing, use a mild disinfectant soap to kill bacteria that often cling to the skin especially after working or playing outside. Slip into clean clothes after bath. Apply your usual lotion brand all over your body. Aside from its moisturizing effect, lotion also helps in warding off bacteria as its oil component prevents germs from adhering to the skin.
- Wear ironed clothes all the time. Clothes, although newly washed, are sometimes breeding grounds for bacteria. Heat kills germs hence ironing is one way of disinfecting clothes.
- Be able to tell the signs of ringworm. Common symptoms include severe itching, blisters, round patches and reddish skin eruptions.
- See your doctor as soon as you see symptoms of ringworm on your skin. The earlier you are able to apply medication, the sooner the ringworm will heal. Early treatment also prevents the disease from spreading to other parts of the body. Other people with whom you get in contact are also protected from contamination if you immediately seek cure for your ringworm.
- Go to a drug store in your area and buy antifungal soaps, creams and lotions. Some of the popular ringworm creams are Lotriminutes, Tinactin and Micatin. If you have no idea what kind of antifungal product to buy, ask the pharmacist for suggestions.
- Read the instructions and labels of the antifungal products before applying them to the affected area. Treat the ringworm for about one to two weeks until the lesions slowly disappear.
- Opt for herbal treatment if you prefer. If you are not comfortable using chemical products in treating ringworm, you may resort to the herbal method. Get some coriander and crush them until the juices come out. Dab the coriander juice on the skin. Do this procedure four times a day. Coriander has some components that help stop itching fast.
- Wash your hair with anti-dandruff shampoo if the ringworm is on your scalp. Use warm water in rinsing off the shampoo. Cut some strands of hair from the infected spot so you can apply medication more easily.
- Consult a dermatologist if the ringworm is in advanced stage or if the condition has become recurrent and chronic.
- Apply heat on the ringworm to relieve the itch. Place a hot compress pack or hot towel on the ringworm for about thirty minutes.
Ringworm may leave unsightly marks on the skin after healing. Do not scratch your skin so the blisters will not be aggravated and will not cause cuts or wounds. Patience is needed in totally getting rid of ringworm. They can recur over and over so make sure you follow the medication procedure carefully.