Identifying the symptoms of Ringworm
Ringworm is a contagious skin infection that is far more widespread than previously understood. Fortunately, because of its ubiquity, ringworm diagnosis is a straightforward procedure. Recognition and remedies are just as straightforward if you understand what to symptoms to look for.
As noted before the word "Ringworm", is very misleading. The early signs of red rings or flaking patches of skin are, of course, not due to parasitic worms. Rather, Ringworm, is caused by microscopic skin fungi that are very closely associated to the same fungi of Jock Itch and Athlete's Foot. This fungi feed on the cells of skin and rapidly reproduce as they proceed to feed on new skin cells. This feeding / reproduction process is what causes the red rings and severe itchiness.
Identifying ringworm can be rather easy. When looking directly at the infected area observe that the rash patches will have a circular or oblong shape. The innermost part of the rash will have a consistent color and texture. The perimeter of the rash or, "ring" will tend to be darker (red), dry or flakey. The outside perimeter of this rash can look like a slim line. Peeling dead skin will emerge as wider broad red rash.
The unique “Ring-like” look of the Ringworm infection is due to the way the ringworm fungus grows. It starts out as a minute centralized rash on the skin, and as the fungus feeds on the skin’s cells it radiates outwards in the direction of new feeding territory. As the original starting point of the infection heals, and the fungi continue on their outward journey the patch of skin in the center of the ring leaves tell-tale signs of the previous feeding frenzy.
Ringworm, Jock itch and Athlete's Foot are highly contagious. Ringworm contamination can be dispersed throughout the body both and through individual to individual and individual to animal contact. It is most routinely transmitted through the sharing of personal hygiene items (combs, apparel, etc.) or direct skin-to-skin transference (i.e. petting a dog or cat). Fortunately, simple remedies will work and once the rash starts to fade they are no longer contagious.
Once a determination that Ringworm is the culprit start the healing process with simple antifungal ingredients.
There are Ringworm-specific ointments as there are for Athlete's Foot and Jock-Itch.
Use caution when purchasing separate remedy products for Ringworm, Jock Itch or Athletes Foot. They have as a constituent the identical fungi family. With proper care Ringworm will fade and clear up inside of two to four weeks. However, if after administering a remedy for two weeks and there is no respite from symptoms or new symptoms emerge or the rash is worsening notify your medical practitioner because the contamination may require professional medical care.
To prevent yourself and other ones from contracting ringworm, pursue steps that you would take to avoid jock itch and Athlete's Foot skin infections. Thorough cleaning and drying of the skin and scalp is absolutely crucial for stopping skin infections. Avoid sharing apparel, equipment and personal hygiene items