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Transcript of Ringworm
Ringworm is a common skin disease that is caused by
nothing to do with actual worms. The medical term for ringworm is
Some things you can do to help prevent contracting ringworm include:
wearing slippers in locker rooms, bathing areas, or places with wet surfaces
Showering after skin-to-sin contact with another person
avoid another persons personal products such as combs, towels or brushes,
frequently change socks and underwear
dry off completely after showering
taking your pet to the veterinarian , especially if they have missing patches of fur.
Symptoms & Treatment
How can you get it?
and is easily contracted from being in contact with someone who already has the disease or from using their personal items such as hair brushes, clothing, towels, sheets, etc.
Ringworm typically grows in warm, moist regions and is most likely to be found in places like communal showers or locker rooms.
People, animals, objects, and soil can
distribute and have ringworm.
Symptoms often depend on the location of ringworm on the body. Symptoms can appear in the form of rashes that are itchy, or have a lighter or darker ring on the skin. People may experience dry, scaly skin, or moist skin with open sores.
Ringworm was first discovered in the 1800s and was typically contracted from poor, lower class individuals, due to a lack of hygiene. Ringworm was originally thought to have been obtained by a worm , or parasite due to its round shape.
Fungi known as dermatophytes, are what cause ringworm. These microscopic organisms live off of dead tissue given off from skin, hair, and nails. Ringworm is known for its signature look of round spots or patches of scaly skin surrounded by a red ring of blisters.
Types of Ringworm
The most common types of ringworm are:
- affects the skin of the body
-affects the scalp
- "athletes foot", affects the feet
- " jock itch", affects the groin
Other common forms of ringworm affect
hands, nails,and beards.
Who can get it?
People and animals can both obtain ringworm.
Children are the most susceptible to catching it, but adults can also contract it.
Cats are the most common animal to obtain ringworm, but dogs, cows, horses, goats, and pigs can also be affected by the disease.
Ringworm can be treated with a prescribed topical anti-fungal cream containing: clotrimazole (Cruex, Desenex, Lotrimin), miconazole (Monistat-Derm), ketoconazole (Nizoral) and terbinafine (Lamisil), that's then applied to the affected area.
If the cream doesn't work oral medication can be prescribed to fight and kill the fungus.
treat the fungus, it can blister and become infected to the point where it will need treatment by antibiotics and tend to reappear.
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Ringworm can be
with the use of antibiotics in the form of cream and in severe cases, oral medication.
The duration of ringworm depends on the type and severity, but can last anywhere from
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