Ringworm – Causes And Treatment

Skin is considered to be the largest organ in our body. It is the outer layer of our body which gives all other organs a protective cover. Maintaining a healthy skin is a sort of challenge as it is always exposed to one or the other risk factors. Moreover, it is very soft and gets infected very easily.

So, caring skin from infection is an important aspect of our health issues. Skin often gets exposed to yeast, fungi, molds and other bacteria and in some case this may lead to infection. Ringworm is one of such infections. It is a fungal infection which produces round spots in our skin. It is a common misconception among the people that ringworm is caused by worm, but the truth is that a fungal infection on the skin causes ringworm. These fungi live on the dead protein lying on our skin and the infection caused affects only the outer layer of the skin. High temperature and moisture are the favorable conditions for growth of a fungi and hence, they can be found anywhere in our body where moisture is found.

The scientific term used for ringworm is tinea and depending on its place in our body it may be of several types. For example tinea faciei is the ringworm of the face, tinea capitis is the ringworm of the scalp, tinea manus is the ringworm of palm and the space between fingers etc. Most of these ringworms produce an itching sensation which is very troublesome. Though ringworm can be diagnosed simply through its appearance on the skin, however, a correct and appropriate diagnosis can only be produced by a doctor through microscopic study of our skin.

Ointments and oral medications are used for the treatment of ringworm. Ointments are used externally. Any antifungal cream can be used for the treatment of this disease. There are a number of antifungal creams  available in the market. You can consult a doctor to select a proper ointment. These ointments, in general, are used for 2 to 3 weeks. You can also take antifungal tablets for the treatment of ringworm.