Ringworm is a common infection among children and adults worldwide. These skin complaints are very contagious and can prove very distressing. They can be spread from human to human, through contact with animals, communal changing places such as swimming pools. Schools and nurseries are the ideal places for children to catch ringworm. There are many types of ringworm that affects various parts of your body. Some may be unsightly, frustratingly itchy or persistent. This article will focus on the different types of ringworm that affects the body, and the ringworm treatment available.
Types Of Treatment For Body Ringworm
This is recognized by itchy patches on the body that are usually circular with a prominent edge. Many antifungal creams and lotions are available for the treatment of this type of infection. When treating the infected area with an antifungal cream, continue treatment for at least a week after the ringworm has gone, to ensure complete eradication of the fungus. In really resistant cases, or the infection is not responding to treatment you should see your doctor.
How To Treat Scalp Ringworm
This can be identified by one or several round, itchy patches on the scalp, with stumps of broken hairs of variable length, which results in bald patches. It mainly occurs in children and is more common in overcrowded conditions. Over the counter antifungal lotions are pretty good for clearing the infection if caught in the early stages. A popular home remedy is sea salt, when applied it dries the infected area, which in turn helps it to heal.
If the infection is widespread or becomes inflamed, an antifungal taken by mouth, such as itraconazole can be acquired from your doctor.
Treating Nail Ringworm
Nails are the most difficult ringworm infection of all to treat, because they are slow growing. The toenails are more often affected than the fingers. If the infection has only spread to a few nails, treatment can be successful with an antifungal lacquer containing the active ingredient, tioconazole or amorolfine. If treatment does not respond or scaling of the soles or palms is present, your doctor may need to prescribe an oral antifungal medication such as, griseofulvin or terbinafine, which may need to be taken for six months.
Jock Itch Treatment
Antifungal creams are available for this infection and are, often combined with a mild antiseptic and a mild steroid to reduce itching. Keeping the infected area clean and well ventilated plays an important role in healing this infection. If a topical treatment fails or the infection is widespread, you should see your doctor, where he may prescribe you some medication, such as fluconazole.
Treating Athlete's Foot
This is the most common type of ringworm infection. It mostly occurs in adolescents and adults, but can at times be picked up by younger children. It can be noticed by the cracking and itching between the toes. Cream containing terbinafine is one of the most effective topical treatments. If a topical treatment fails or the infection is widespread, you should see your doctor where an oral antifungal medication may be prescribed. Natural remedies including garlic juice and tea tree oil are alternatives for treating this type of ringworm.
Some of these ringworm treatment creams bought over the counter may produce a permanent cure. Others may simply improve the condition or keep the ringworm under control. It's important to note if conditions have not improved after two weeks, or you do not understand how the treatment works, or are worried about any possible side effects, always talk to your doctor.