What is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that can be found anywhere on the skin or scalp. Despite the name, there’s no actual worm involved. Thank goodness, right? The infection gets its name by how it looks. When you observe the rash on the skin, you notice a ring-shaped border and the rash can appear to wrap around the skin like a worm. The rash can be found in animals, as well as humans. Ringworm is known by a few names: Dermatophytosis, Dermatophyte Infection, or Tinea. Ringworm has other labels depending on where it is on the body. Terms like jock itch (tinea cruris), athletes foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) are all references to the infection. If you’re seeking ringworm treatment, try our non-prescription Triple Paste AF cream to help relieve and eliminate the fungus.
- A ring-shaped, scaly area
- Overlapping rings
- Round, flat patch of itchy skin
- Expanding rings that are slightly raised
- A clear or scaly area inside the ring
Where Ringworm Of The Body Can Reside
Causes Of Ringworm
The ringworm infection is caused by common fungus that can be found on the outer layer of the skin. There are three main fungi that contribute to ringworm: Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton. In addition, there are a variety of different ways a person can get infected by the fungus:
Person to Person Contact: Skin-to-skin contact with another person is one of the most common ways the fungus can be spread. Shaking hands, playing sports, and any other physical contact can leave you at risk of getting the fungus associated with ringworm.
Touching Infected Objects: Ringworm could also spread through objects recently touched by an infected person or animal. These objects can include bed sheets, clothing, gym floors, and brushes.
Interaction with Animals: Animals with ringworm can also pass it on to humans. Pets and farm animals are two common ways an individual can contract the disease. This can happen through petting, grooming, or coming in contact with spots where the pet has recently laid.
Soil: Although rare, it is possible for someone to contract ringworm through soil. Typically, the individual will need long exposure with the infected soil.
The infection doesn’t present itself right away. It can take up to two weeks before an individual starts to notice any symptoms. Typically, the fungal infection can be identified in two stages; the initial and second stages. In the initial stage, a person might notice a patch of irritated pink or red skin. It may appear rash-like rather than displaying the typical ringworm appearance. The second stage has the classic presentation of ringworm in which there appears to be healthy skin in the center of the infection that is surrounded by an outer red ring that is scaly. No matter what stage the ringworm infection might be in, it can be treated by an antifungal cream like Triple Paste AF. This cream is an alcohol-free remedy that uses an anhydrous (water-free) formula that ‘stays put’ to ensure maximum healing time.
Ringworm should be treated with the appropriate care and skin regimen. Restore the skin and relieve the infection by applying our antifungal cream for ringworm. With its sweat-resistant technology, non-prescription Triple Paste AF works throughout your busy day.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ringworm
What Causes Ringworm?
Ringworm is caused by a skin fungus. The three fungi that cause ringworm are Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton. The infection is caused by contact with other people, animals, and objects.
Is Ringworm Contagious?
Yes, ringworm is a contagious fungus. A person can catch ringworm through contact with another affected human orr animal, or by contact with a contaminated object.
Is Ringworm Dangerous?
No. Ringworm is an infection that is commonly spread from contact with affected humans, animals, and objects. You can treat ringworm through a number of medical creams, ointments, sprays, and gels. Summers Laboratories offers Triple Paste AF, an antifungal cream, to treat and relieve the ringworm infection.
How To Get Rid Of Ringworm
An individual can get rid of ringworm through over the counter medical ointments, gels, sprays, or creams. If the infection persists after using non-prescription and/or home remedies, a doctor can prescribe additional medicine to treat the infection. If you have found yourself with the infection, check out our ringworm treatment cream. To prevent getting or spreading ringworm, be sure to wash your hands, disinfect pet areas, wear shoes at gyms and public areas, and avoid sharing personal items like clothing and brushes with other people.
Are There Any Ringworm Home Remedies?
People in the past have treated ringworm through common home remedies, such as apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, garlic, and/or turmeric. They are usually not as effective or fast-acting as tried and true antifungal treatment creams, such as Triple Paste AF.