Ringworm: A Non-crawling Fungus That Can Spread Over the Entire Body
A rather common ailment has gone by a very unattractive name and one that is somewhat misleading. The scientific name for this ailment is Tinea; however the more common name is simply Ringworm. Tinea is Latin for 'growing worm' and may have led to the more common English translation.
Ringworm is a simple fungal infection that zeros in on several key areas of your body including feet, scalp, nails and in the general area of the groin. The hallmark of ringworm is itching, skin redness and a patchy lesion that is clear in the center.
The fungal agent associated with ringworm is found among humans and animals. There is also a small variety of ringworm fungus that is found in certain soils. The transference of the fungus from carrier to host generally takes place through direct contact with either the infected animal or individual. Transference can also happen, to a lesser degree, from touching surfaces that the infected person has been in contact with.
Scalp ringworm is generally not noticed 10-14 days after contact with an infected animal or human while skin ringworm can appear 4-10 days following direct contact.
One of the most effective ways to reduce conditions conducive to the spread of ringworm fungus is to keep areas that find common use clean. In the home this would be places like the dining room, living room and bathroom. In school this would be lockers, gyms and gymnastic mats.
Avoid sharing personal items like towels, hairbrushes, hats, and clothing items. If you are involved in school sports consider wearing flip flops when taking a shower or using the pool. You may also make a habit of washing sport uniforms on a regular basis.
When petting animals it is always a good idea to wash your hands or use antibacterial hand gel until hands can be washed.
Learning about how ringworm is spread is a perfect preventive measure because the more you know about how it is spread the less likely you will be put to you or your family at risk. Knowledge is a key preventive step in reducing the incidence of ringworm.
Other Common Names
There have been numerous names given to various aspects of ringworm that many may find surprising; athlete's foot and jock itch are two such examples. These infections are the result of a classification of fungi known as dermatophytes that gravitate toward dead skin tissues, nails and hair.
While the purpose of this article is not to diagnose the existence of ringworm or how to treat it from a medical standpoint, we can recommend two natural products that act as a natural anti-fungal agent. The mineral colloidal silver has been shown to kill more than 600 diseases and may be effective in treating ringworm. Another natural product that has show promise in reducing the effects of ringworm is tea tree oil.