Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a skin condition caused by a fungal infection, and no ringworm is involved in it. The name comes from the appearance of circular rashes on the skin.
Here are simple cures and medications to treat ringworm.
- Topical antifungal: Over-the-counter antifungal creams kill the fungus and promote healing. Effective antifungal medications include miconazole, clotrimazole, and terbinafine.
- Let it breathe: Wear breathable clothes to speed the healing and avoid spreading the ringworm. Bandaging the rash locks in moisture and delays the healing, so loose-fitting clothes must be worn at all times.
- Maintain proper hygiene: Because ringworm is highly contagious, you should wash your sheets and clothes daily to get rid of the infection. If you sleep on the same sheets night after night, and wear the same clothes day after day, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. The use of hot water and detergent kills the fungus. Adding borax or bleach can help to get rid of a stubborn infection.
- Antifungal shampoo: Sometimes, ringworm develops on the scalp causing severe itching, hair loss, boils, and dandruff. Washing your hair with an over-the-counter medicated antifungal shampoo helps to ease the itchiness of the scalp.
Although ringworm is a common skin infection, quick action is necessary to prevent the spread of the fungus. To avoid the spread, one should keep the following in mind.
- Don’t share personal care items.
- Wash your hands often.
- Learn how to recognize ringworm in people and animals.
A scaly ring-shaped area, typically on the buttocks, trunk, arms and legs,Itchiness,Slightly raised, expanding rings on your skin,A round, flat patch of itchy skin,Overlapping rings
Fungal infection,Itchy, circular rash with clearer skin in the middle
Over-the-counter treatments,Antifungal medications such as a lotion, cream or ointment that you apply to the affected skin,Antifungal pills