Ringworm is estimated to exist in some form for over 70% of the population. Ringworm can be treated and controlled but it is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin. It is a common misconception that ringworm is a worm. However, ringworm worm is not a worm at all but a fungal infection that can affect humans as well as animals. It is named after its characteristics. It is usually round in shape a darker on the edges causing it to look like a worm in shape. Round spots on the skin are not always caused by a ringworm fungal infection. Actually there are several other skin ailments that can also take a round sore shape on the skin. These can be but are not limited to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, scabies, shingles or even granuloma annulare.
Ringworm is also called by its medical term which is tinea. There are different forms of ringworm and they are all distinguished by there tinea name. These are tinea corporis, capitis, cruris, pedis, unguium, versicolor and manuum. Tinea coporis is a fungal infection that affects the legs, arms and or trunk of a person. While tinea capitis is specific to a fungal infection that affects the scalp of a person. Tinea cruris and tinea pedis are also commonly known as jock itch and athlete’s foot.
It is quite easy to come into contact with ringworm spores. Ringworm can be transferred by close personal contact with an infected individual. It can also be transferred by coming into contact with infected objects in your environment. For example, your friend has a ringworm on her arm. You wear a shirt that she has also worn without washing. Now you can have ringworm. Spores from ringworm can live off of the body on an object for very long periods of time.
Prevention of ringworm can be pretty easy. It is best to avoid contact with an infected person or object if you know they are infected. However, this can be difficult to do considering there is no signs on things saying “dont touch this towel I have ringworm”. Make sure you wash clothing, sheets and towels after every use. It is also important with ringworm to dry clothing and bedding on high heat for up to twenty minutes. Ringworm spores feed on moisture so if you limit their source you can hope to eliminate them with treatment. Wearing airy clothing and flip flops in the summer is also a way to reduce ringworm infections on the body and the feet.
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