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What Causes Ringworm?

Is Ringworm even a worm?  No, it is a fungus! Fungi are naturally present in our environment. They flourish in warm, damp or moist conditions. The Ringworm fungus itself, Trichophyton rubrumts, exist in extremely large populations in locker rooms and bathing areas precisely because of the favorable conditions noted above.

They human body’s natural skin flora contains many kinds of fungi in levels considered normal and in balance with skin’s ecosystem. Usually the body is proficient at containing the fungi at healthy levels. However, if allowed to flourish beyond the norm you may develop ringworm.


Tinea corporis is in lay terms is also known as Ringworm. Trichophyton rubrum, the fungus, is the cause. Ringworm is contagious. Contaminated towels, sports equipment, or coming into contact with contaminated animals, people or even soil.

Contamination starts almost instantly. It begins with  a red skin, itchy skin patch of skin. From there it can expand quite easily, and infect increasingly larger areas of the body. 

If left untreated Ringworm will spread quickly to cover even larger patches of skin. At this stage it might not only be itchy but can become very uncomfortable and prone to more serious infection.

It is believed that if fungal infections run in your family, you may have a genetic predisposition to getting ringworm. If genetic predisposition is the casse, you must be certain to clean methodically after being in a locker rooms, public swimming , or other moist, humid environments. Using a pesticide-free soap with natural antifungal ingredients can be very helpful to prevent and remedy any outbreaks.  Look into Defense Soap as natural anti-fungal soap remedy. The all natural ingredients are an effective natural homeopathic remedy for Ringworm, Jock Itch, Athletes Foot as well as for bacterial and viral infections like MRSA, Staph, & Herpes.

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