What is Ringworm

All about ringworm and how to recognize it 

Ringworm Treatment

Cures and remedies 

The symptoms of ringworm

What is ringworm

Medications for treating ringworm

Pictures of ringworm

Athlete's Foot 

What is ringworm and how do we identify it. Ringworm (tinea) is a skin disorder, that affects people of all ages, especially among children. It is a common fungal infection resulting from dermatophytes, which are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of your skin. This type of fungus can grow and multiply and affect any part of your body. What has these ringworms got do with the worm, absolutely nothing, it got its name because the infections tend to form worm-like round patches with smooth centers. Fungal infections like these can affect any part of the body, although these worm-like patches are not always seen. The scalp, feet, groin, fingernails or toenails can also be affected.

What is the various types of ringworm

Body ringworm (tinea corporis)This is easily identified by the ring-like rash or patches. This type of infection usually starts of as a red, spot or bump, and tends to be very itchy and uncomfortable. Over time, it takes the shape of a ring or a series of rings can occur. The centre of these rings often clear to leave a bumpy, scaly prominent edge.

Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) This type of ringworm mostly affects children and is rare in adults. The infection starts off as a small pimple which in time expands to one or several round, itchy, scaly patches with temporary baldness. A raised, inflamed mass can develop from the patch if not treated in the early stages. This type of ringworm is more common in large cities and over crowded conditions.

Nail ringworm (tinea unguium) Ringworm of the nails may affect one or more nails on your hands or feet. The nails may become thick, brittle and turn white or yellow. This is often accompanied by scaling of the soles or palms. With nail infections, the nails can break off at the ends and the nail may detach itself slightly from the nail bed. The toenails are affected more often than the fingers.

Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) This is an infection between the toes caused by yet another family of fungi. It causes intense itching between the toes, especially the fourth and fifth toes. The skin also develops a rash like eczema that becomes cracked, itchy and inflamed. If untreated the cracked skin may bleed, and sometimes pus-filled sores or ulcers will appear resulting from bacterial infection.

Jock itch (tinea cruris) An infection of the groin which produces a reddened, itchy area spreading from the genitals outwards over the inside of the thigh. This form of infection is more common in males.

Ringworm is very contagious and can be difficult to avoid because dermatophyte fungi is very common. This fungal can be easily spread from person to person. It is quite common to become infected from contact with animals, like cats and dogs. It can even be picked up from soil, from the floors of showers, or from any household objects, such as chairs or carpets. To help avoid against infection it can help to wear flip-flops in communal areas such as locker rooms, showers at swimming pools and avoid sharing towels, or wearing socks or shoes belonging to others. Always wash hands regularly, especially after touching pets.

If you catch or think you have ringworm a good natural cure is the best option for treating your ringworm.