Ringworm is one annoying condition. This condition is contagious and makes people feel very uncomfortable. The ringworm might come to the people who make contact with fungi (the floral fungus) in various forms. Because ringworm is contagious, it will be easy to get infected when skin-to-skin contact. If one suffers from ringworm, what should be done? This is the important question to be answered. Yes, ringworm is contagious and uncomfortably itchy. However, it is not a condition that cannot be solved. With the right medication, ringworm can be easily pushed away and with the right follow-up, it won’t show up again.
Knowing the Symptoms and the People Who Are At Risks
Before knowing about the ways to get rid of ringworm, let’s check on the symptoms as well as the people who are in risk of suffering from ringworm. Let’s start from the possible symptoms of ringworm.
- There will be raised, red, scaly, itchy and red skin rash in circular forms.
- The skin rash will begin to ooze or develop blisters.
- The skin rash might become redder on the edges and resemble rings.
- The skin rash will have fine edges.
The ringworm is an infection that might occur on anyone regardless the age. This condition is also occurring on animals. Ringworm is a very common thing that more often found in children as well as the people who have cats as pets. Fungi can be found in many places especially the warm and moist places. Soil, swimming pool, lockers and other warm and moist spots might have fungi hiding. Upon a contact with fungi, the skin might develop ringworm later on. Ringworm can be spread easily just by one contact with fungi or other people who suffer from ringworm condition.
Ringworm might occur in various parts of the body. As long as the skin has been in contact with fungi, ringworm night occur. The skin folds are known as one of the favorite places for fungi to grow. Ringworm might occur in nails making the nails to have discoloration, thicker and then start to crack. Ringworm might occur on the skin of scalp, beard, groin, feet as well as the other areas of the body. Therefore, it is important to know the possible symptoms of ringworm. By knowing the symptoms, immediate treatment can be done without delaying furthermore.
Treating Ringworm and Get Better
Ringworm can be treated easily by anyone. There is no need to go to the doctor. The ringworms can be treated by using antifungal ointments or creams. These topical medications can be found easily at the pharmacies. It is important to always apply the medication according to the instructions (it will be better to apply it not just to the skin rash but also the skin around it). The skin rash might start to disappear soon enough. However, it is an important thing to continue the usage of the topical medications until at least 2 weeks. By continuing the usage of the optical medications for the longer time, the reoccurring of ringworm will be prevented.
Some people use the antifungal topical medications for more than two weeks but still need to deal with problems of ringworm. What should be done here? Try to visit dermatitis and get the ringworm diagnosed further. The ringworm might need to be treated further with antifungal pills. These pills will usually be acquired through prescription. If ringworm is being ignored, it will spread further and might cause blisters and bacteria will invade the skin and makes thing worse. When this happens, antibiotics will be the very necessary thing for treatment. The antibiotics will be prescribed by dermatologist.
The Home Alternative Remedies
Home remedies are worthy to be tried. There are various results come out of the treatment to get rid of the itchy and contagious ringworm. Depending on the severity, the length of treatment might be different. In some cases, the over-the-counter or prescript medicines might not be good enough. The people who have this condition will need to find out the best alternatives. Luckily, there are home remedies that can be tried as alternatives. Some people might even go with the home remedies immediately. The followings are several home remedies proven to work on a lot of people:
- The raw and unfiltered cider vinegar. Take the apple vinegar and then mix it with baking soda or baking powder. Mix the two of them until they form a paste to be applied on the ringworm.
- Coconut oil. It is suggested to use the pure and all natural coconut milk. However, some recipes need coconut oil to be mixed with a little bit of tea tree oil or a little bit of garlic.
- Garlic. Garlic is useful not only for cooking. It is actually a very helpful thing in relieving the itchy feel of ringworm. Despite of being helpful, many people don’t like this treatment because it stinks and a little messy.
- Nail polishes. What nail polishes can do? Believe it or not, the clear nail polishes will be very useful. Try to apply the clear nail polish on the ringworm. It will help in making the ringworm dry sooner as well as keeping the ringworm from coming back.
- Bleach. A cap of bleach is useful to help in relieving ringworm. Mix a cap of bleach to the bath water in every night. It will get the ringworm away.
The home remedies are really good to be tried before trying the antifungal cream or after the antifungal cream not working. There are some others home remedies that might be tried as well. Salt is known to be useful too. Just mix the salt with water and rub it on the ringworm. Certainly, the result on every individual will be different. Some people might need longer time than the others. The treatment might take weeks of regular usage. If there are no changes in 4 weeks at max, go and meet dermatologist top get proper diagnosis. The skin rash might not be the sign of ringworm but others such as eczema or psoriasis.