Saturday, July 13, 2013

How Long Does it Take to Get Rid of Ringworm

This varies based on many factors like age, physical condition, and living arrangements.  In my case, it took about two weeks to get rid of the ringworm.  However, it can take a longer or shorter time depending on what happens.  Ringworm is a contagious infection and can be spread rapidly.  Prevention should be the ultimate goal.  If someone gets this fungus, there are many remedies listed right here on this website.

Age is very important when looking at ringworm infections.  It can take small children and elderly adults longer to get rid of ringworm. In fact, the ringworm fungus spreads rapidly in schools and daycare centers.  Teachers and school nurses must be proactive when a child starts to show ringworm symptoms.  The child needs to be separated from others until the child is no longer contagious.

Physical condition can also determine the length of a ringworm infection.  People with compromised immune systems will take longer to get rid of ringworm.  For example, diabetics do not heal as well as healthy individuals.  This is a well known fact.  Therefore, a diabetic with ringworm must see a doctor to ensure that no secondary infections occur.

Living arrangements can affect a person with ringworm. If a person disinfects his home, this will prevent reinfection.  In addition, if there are other people that live in the house, they need to be taking precautions to protect themselves from this infectious disease. If someone ignores this step, the residents of the home will continue to experience reinfections. This will extend the course of the ringworm fungus.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How to Get Rid of Ringworm on the Scalp

If a person develops a ringworm infection on the scalp, he or she needs to get to a doctor fast!  This infection can leave a person permanently bald if not treated quickly.  In addition, this is extremely contagious and spreads rapidly in families and classrooms.  The scalp ringworm infection is prominent among school aged children.  Young kids tend to play together and be in constant close contact with each other.  This helps to increase the rate of transmission for the ringworm fungus.

Scalp Ringworm can be spread from person to person and animal to person.  In addition, it can be spread from object to person.  In other words, a person can touch something that has ringworm on it and become infected.  Constant hand washing is extremely important.

The best way to deal with scalp ringworm is not to get it in the first place.  This is particularly nasty infection to get rid of once it starts. Not sharing combs and brushes is one of the best ways to prevent this contagious disease.  Large families where there are a lot of children tend to share combs.  This is okay as long as no one has  scalp ringworm, but if just one person has scalp ringworm everybody will contract this infection.  It is just not worth it.  Make sure everyone has his or her own comb.  Also teach your children not to share combs with their friends.

If someone contracts scalp ringworm, he or she should go to a doctor as soon as possible.  I am not going to recommend any home remedies here because it is too risky.  A person can get permanent bald spots from untreated ringworm.  Most of the time, a doctor will prescribe an oral anti fungal medication like Lamisil tablets.  Taking Lamisil pills will put the medicine right into the bloodstream which helps to fight the infection better.  However, Lamisil has side effects associated with the medication. The oral form of Lamisil is only available by prescription.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Should you see a Dermatologist or a Regular Doctor for Ringworm Treatments?

Should you see a Dermatologist or a Regular Doctor?

Well, it all depends.  I'm going to be honest with you here.  In either case, time is experience and experience only comes with time.  When I had poison ivy, I went to a regular doctor who had a general practice.  However, he was an older doctor.  He took one look at my arm which was completely covered with poison ivy and prescribed me 7 days worth of prednisone tablets.  He said that the infection was too vast to treat with ointments.

Roll ahead a few years, and I came down with this ringworm thing.  I went to the doctor again and got a younger doctor.  He told me that he didn't think I had ringworm.  He even got another doctor to look at my ringworm and that doctor did know what it was either.  However, I knew I had it because my cat had two spots of it on her back.  It was more than a coincidence for me.

Those doctor I went to for my ringworm was very kind and understanding but he didn't know a lot about ringworm.  I had a severe case of it all over my body.  He probably never saw something like that before,  and it may be years before he runs across another  bad case of ringworm.  The older doctor who treated my poison ivy had probably dealt with this type of thing many times so he knew exactly what to do and how to treat the ailment.

My recommendation is if you have ringworm, call ahead and ask if the doctor there will be able to treat your infection.  If he or she seems not to be able to assist you, then I would either find another doctor or go straight to a dermatologist.  Another great resource is older school nurses and day care center providers.  Ringworm is prevalent among children and I am sure the seasoned school nurse has seen more than her fair share of ringworm infections.  She may be able to guide you to the right ringworm treatment as well.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Scalp Ringworm

If you have ringworm on your scalp, you REALLY need to get to a doctor, namely a dermatologist.  You can treat a few spots of ringworm on your arms or legs with Lamisil and tree tree oil BUT ringworm on the scalp needs to be seen by a doctor.  Sometimes, ringworm creams like Lamisil do not always work on the scalp.  It is very difficult to treat ringworm on the scalp.  Your doctor may prescribe you Lamisil pills.  This is used in a lot of cases where the ringworm is either on the scalp or over the entire body.  However, you must check with a doctor before taking Lamisil pills as they are only available by prescription.  Make sure you tell your doctor your entire medical history because there are certain side effects associated with this oral Lamisil.

Please note, scalp ringworm can create bald spots on your head.  Sometimes, the hair never grows back in those particular spots.  If you have scalp ringworm, PLEASE get to a doctor right away.

Is Ringworm Contagious?

Yes it is!  It can be spread very easily as it is extremely contagious.  Ringworm spores can live in your environment for up to one year.  This is why it is very important to disinfect your house if you contract this fungus.  If you have ringworm and touch something, another person can come right behind you and get the infection.  This skin disease can also be caught by sharing clothing or items with an infected person.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is not a worm.  It's actually a highly contagious skin fungus.  They call it ringworm because it is circular in shape.  Ringworm's scientific medical name is Tinea Corporis.  This infection causes severe bouts of intense burning itching.  In addition, it causes hair loss in the direct area of inflammation.  Ringworm can often be mistaken for winter dry skin.  I made that mistake and actually spread the skin fungus all over my body with lotion.  This was a BIG mistake.

Picture of Ringworm Rash Courtesy of Wiki  

Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo Gets rid of Ringworm

If you want to get rid of ringworm and stop the spread of this fungus, Head and Shoulder's Dandruff Shampoo can help.  I washed my hair and scalp with it because ringworm was going into my back of my scalp.  Maybe it was psychological but that area was feeling very itchy.  The dandruff shampoo along with my tea tree oil and lamisil helped to stop the itching.  After I washed my hair, I washed my whole body in the shampoo.  After that I felt great.  Please note that when you are showering, be sure not to use extremely hot water because it will further inflame the ringworms.

Dandruff Shampoo contains Pyrithione Zinc and it is typically used for dandruff and dermatitis.  Also it has been used to treat tinea, athletes foot, fungus, eczema, psoriasis, and jock itch. Now many people, like myself, are using it to treat ringworm.  Actually, athletes foot, jock itch, and ringworm are cousins.  They can be treated with the same treatment.  I must say right now that it works in that it helps to clean the skin by killing the ringworm fungus.  It also helps to stop the ringworm from spreading to other areas on the body.

You can find this product in most drugstores and grocery stores.  However, if you cannot find Head and Shoulders, you can use any store brand.  Just make sure it has Pyrithione Zinc as its active ingredient.  Better yet, save even more money and check to see if its at the dollar tree.  The last time I was there, I saw head and shoulders on the shelf.

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