Ringworm

Ringworm is a contagious skin infection caused by fungus. All questions concerning causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention can be found here.

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Can permethrin be used to treat ringworm?

No, this wouldn't be ideal. Instead, an antifungal medication should be used.

an EXCELLENT WAY TO TREAT RINGWORM IN HUMANS OR ANIMALS, WITHOUT GOING TO THE VETERINARY, IS TO GO TO THE PHARMCY AND BUY MONISTAT DERM, IT IS AN ANTIFUNGAL USED WHEN A WOMAN GETS A YEAST INFECTION, but WORKS EXCELLENT ON RINGWORM,

only small amount rubbed on the area, 4 times a day, you MUST KEEP PUTTING THE CREAM ON EVEN IF IT DISAPPEARS IN A COUPLE OF DAYS! YOU MUST PUT THE CREAM ON FOR AT LEAST 3-4 WEEKS,

THIS IS VERY CONTAGIOUS AS IT IS SPREAD BY SPORES, AS IT;S A FUNGUS, YOU NEED TO WASH ALL BEDDING, vaccuum where pets sleep, WASH AND CLEAN AREAS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE UNTIL IT;S GONE, BUT IT;S IMPORTANT TO KEEP TREATING IT EVEN WHEN IT;S GONE, BECAUSE IT TAKES A WHILE, try to keep areas DRY, refrain from scratching as much as possible WASH YOUR HANDS,

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What is ringworm?

Ring worm is also known as tinea, and is caused by a fungal infection that occurs on the skin's surface. People used to believe that it was caused by worms on the skin. Ringworm is caused by dermatophytes, which are a bad kind of yeast (remember that there are different kinds of molds, yeast and fungi throughout the world, but not all cause problems on the skin. Dermatophytes are skin fungi which live on top of the skin or on its dead layer. Thus, they are usually not found in mucous membranes.

Tinea is microscopic and can live only on the skin, nails or hair. Some tinea species can exist on animal skin, while some live on the soil. Because of the variety of fungi, and the many things that people come in close contact to on a daily basis - it can be difficult to find out where the ringworm condition has stemmed from.

The fungi that causes ringworm thrives on heat and moisture, thus it is usually found in folds of the body and on the foot. Ringworm can cause the skin to itch and form red - like swelling and crusting. Some types of ringworm produce ring like spots.

If you have ring worm, it can be treated through topical anti - fungal applications or systemic treatment. Or, you can try a variety of natural and herbal products which may work and are safer in comparison to prescription medication.

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What does gastro resistant mean?

Gastro-resistant means that the outer coating is acid resistant and will not therefore dissolve in the stomach, but further down the small bowel.

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How do you cure ringworm?

The steps to curing ringworm depend on how far the infection has progressed. If the skin has begun flaking and has open sores, it is most often infected. At this point it is essential that proper medical services be sought. The patient will probably have to take antibiotics to counter the infection, followed by creams, ointments, and oils to kill the fungus.

However, if the fungus is caught early enough, then curing ringworm is a relatively simple process. The subject simply must apply special creams and oils, most often recommended by a pharmacist.

Note: Ringworm is highly contagious, so to fully heal from any stage of ringworm, a subject must make sure to do the following:

  • Keep a clean and dry environment for their wound. Keep it non-humid.
  • Prevent cross-contamination. Subject should rigorously wash any surface that may be contaminated to prevent re- contamination. Effective methods of killing the tinea fungus include bleaching clothing, bedsheets, etc.
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Can Neosporin cure Ringworm?

No. Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment - effective against bacterial infections. Ringworm is caused by a fungus, not a bacteria.

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Is there a vaccination for ringworm?

There are things to get rid of worms in animals, so I assume they have it for people too.

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How do you lose ringworm?

well my sister had one and she squeezed it then she squeezed it so hard she was bleeding and she pulled it right out

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What is the scientific classification for ringworm?

Dermatophytosis

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Can ringworm kill people?

yes it can, it will annihilate the human race ESPECIALLY KORAY

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Can garlic oil get rid of ringworm?

cut a garlic clove to get a flat side then warm in a pan and rub on area

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Is ringworm a type of bacteria that affects humans?

Ringworm is contagious. It spreads when you have skin-to-skin contact with a person or animal that has it. It can also spread when you share things like towels, clothing, or sports gear.

You can also get ringworm by touching an infected dog or cat, although this form of ringworm is not common. It is caused by a fungus. The kinds of fungi (plural of fungus) that cause ringworm live and spread on the top layer of the skin and on the hair. They grow best in warm, moist areas.

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How does a person bathe who has ringworm on their ankle to keep it from spreading?

ringworm is actually caused by a fungus. you can treat it with antifungal cream. the easiest to obtain (no prescription needed) is women's yeast infection cream. e.g. canestin, monostat, vagisil, etc. apply to the affected area 2x daily until the infection clears.

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Can people catch ringworm from cats?

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yes

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They can. You can check with a blacklight. It sounds crazy but ringworm glows under blacklight.

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Can you put antibotic ointment on a ringworm?

It won't help, that's for bacterial infection. You need a fungicide.

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How do ringworm spread?

side to side

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How do you check your cat for ringworm?

I'm by no means a veterinarian but I would consult one if you see/notice any of the following signs: Ringworms are usually caused by dirty catboxes and bacteria that forms from the old fecal matter and excrement. When my cat had them, she would lick at her anus and clean herself in that area very frequently. I am under the impression that once the bacteria forms...the worms appear and start to thrive in your cat's box. Then, they get inside your cat (and can transfer to other pets) and once the tiny white worms excreting from your cat's anus, your cat officially has "ringworm". Watch for the worms in the cat box first. If you can see the white worms (about the size of 1/4 to 1/2 uncooked rice kernel), then the ringworms are pretty serious and you will need/want to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. Hope this helps you!

(WRONG. You're describing tapeworms but you haven't got your facts straight at all. Tapeworms come from cats eating mice or bugs that contain the larva of the tapeworm. Tapeworms are not transmittable to other animals, even if they eat the actual tapeworm segments that are expelled through the anus. One Drontal pill will eliminate the tapeworm. The worms transmittable through litter boxes--clean or dirty--are roundworms.)

Ringworm is a fungus easily cured with Goldenseal applied to affected areas 2-3 times a day for several days.

Ringworm is NOT a worm at all, it is a fungus closely related to athlete's foot. When a human gets it, it looks like a worm in a circle under your skin, thus the stupid name. If you have any circular scabs on your body, chances are your cat has ringworm (it is highly contagious). Tinactin is great for it. Do not use any type of cortisone even though it might itch - the fungus thrives on it so cortisone actually makes it worse. Another way to tell: many cats with ringworm lose some of the hair above their eyes; it almost looks like they are going bald. My vet puts cats under some kind of black light to see if the fungus glows, but I don't know if that type of light is available to non-commercial places. Worth calling a vet and asking.

The worms that the first answer mentions are actually tapeworms, not ringworm. To add to the second answer, the blacklight the vet uses to check for ringworm is nothing special- you can use any old blacklight from any old store, run it over the cat, and the ringworm, if present, will glow.

Only half of the varieties of ringworm will fluoresce under black light, and lots of other things (blood, medication, dander, etc.) will also fluoresce under black light. The only accurate way to diagnose ringworm is with a skin scraping or culture, unless you've seen it and worked with it before.

A skin wash made of organic goldenseal root powder and spring water is a very safe, effective, quick, and inexpensive way to treat ringworm.

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What is a home remedy for ringworm?

Ringworm is actually caused by a fungus, not a worm, and can be treated at home. The National Institutes of Health recommend the following:

* Keep your skin clean and dry. * Apply over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, lotions, or creams. Those that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar ingredients are often effective. * Wash sheets and nightclothes every day while infected. * Make sure to treat infected pets, too, or you can become reinfected.

If the infection does clear up within 4 weeks, or it worsens, seek medical attention.

Reference:

NIH MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Ringworm

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Does blue star ointment cure ringworm?

According to the Blue Star Ointment website it does. I have tried everything and finally came across Blue Star Ointment and it is going away!! I had one on my hand I was so embarrased of it, but now it's hardly visible. You have to use it consistently everyday two to three times a day apply it.

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Does clear nail polish get rid of ringworm?

Answer 1.Yes it does i have had one and i used clear finger nail polish. Answer 2The term "ringworm" refers to fungal infections that are on the surface of the skin

Ringworm can be treated -topically (with external applications) -or systemically (for example, with oral medications)

-Topical treatment: When fungus affects the skin of the body or the groin, many antifungal creams can clear the condition in two weeks or so. Examples of such preparations include those that contain clotrimazole (Cruex cream, Desenex cream, Lotrimin cream, lotion, and solution), miconazole (Monistat-Derm cream), ketoconazole (Nizoral cream); and terbinafine (Lamisil cream and solution). These treatments are effective for many cases of foot fungus as well.

-For a long time, the only effective antifungal tablet was griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grifulvin, and Gris-PEG). In recent years, newer agents have been introduced that are both safer and more effective. These include terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), and fluconazole (Diflucan). Reputations die hard, however, and many people continue to fear that even these newer agents are "bad for the liver," when in fact they are quite safe when used properly.

Answer 3The 1st answer was wrong - application of nail polish does not cure ringworm. the second made no attempt to answer the question =- that person should learn to read. Answer 4:No nail polish does not cure ringworm. the second persons answer was to inform the person asking, about antifungal agents. if your not sure about using them try home remedy of apple cider vinegar(with water 1:1 ratio) or colloidal silver which has natural healing agents and silver and fungus don't get along, it kills off the fungus in other words and does work. Answer 5I have recently had ringworm which i had got from my brother and the cream for my brother never seemed to work so i looked on the computer for faster cures because i didn't want this ugly ring on my leg and used nail polish and on the next day it was already fading and by day 3 it was pretty much gone. So you can use nail polish! (: Answer 6:My brother has ringworm and we are going to see if putting clear nail polish really does help. I hope it does because my little brother is really scared.
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What can you put in the bath to soothe ringworm?

Using baking soda with a little water to make a paste will stop the itching and can be used during a bath. This isn't a cure for ringworm. There is anti-fungal shampoo available with a prescription that can be used in the bath. Any athlete foot medication purchased over the counter can be used to treat ringworm because it is the same fungus as ringworm.

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Can your child go to school with ringworm?

A child cannot attend school with ringworm until the affected area has been treated thoroughly with Lamisil (over the counter anti-fungal) for at least 24 hours. This is long enough that it will not be as contagious. Ringworm is a fungus that is HIGHLY contagious in children, but most adults don't catch it as long as their immune systems are healthy. It is also spread easily amongst pets so be careful and look for circles of hairless spots on your pet, they may need treatment at the vet. Sandboxes are one way of catching it, the moist sand breeds fungus. But usually they catch it from touching other children. Follow your doctor's advice on treating the ringworm with Lamisil anti-fungal cream (in the athlete's foot section) it will need to be applied 2 or 3 times daily for a couple weeks to clear it entirely, continue applying even if it appears gone, until the time the doctor says is up. If you stop early, it will return. Large areas or infected areas the child has scratched will require antibiotics from the doctor as well as the Lamisil, or perhaps a prescription strength anti-fungal. If it's more than just a small spot of it, go to the doctor. Some school districts will require a doctor's note to return to school, because it spreads like wildfire.

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What can cause a ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection. You come in contact with the spores and if you have a weak spot in your skin, the fungus will start to grow there. They grow in a circle, which is why it's called ringworm.

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How do you get ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection that you catch by touching somethig or someone that has been contaminated.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that is acquired by direct contact. Susceptible areas of the body are the feet, groin, under the breasts, and wherever the conditions are warm, moist, and dark.

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Can algae in a swimming pool cause ringworm?

No, but it could cause similar appearing skin irritations.

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Does clotrimazole cure ringworm?

yes

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