Ringworm is a fungal infection that is common among children and is spread by direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Humans usually contract ringworm from animals – it is especially common in cats. Ringworm appears as a raised, itchy welt on the skin surrounded by a ring. Ringworm can appear on the body in different places but ringworm on different areas of the body caused by different types of fungi so the ringworm will not spread from one part of the body to another.
How to Get Rid of Ringworm
Although highly contagious, ringworm is fairly simple to get rid of so long as it is treated. If it is left untreated it will remain and itch and potentially you will pass it on to others.
- As ringworm is a fungal infection, topical creams containing miconazole and clotrimazole can be used to kill off the fungus. Lamasil and Lotrimin are reported to work well. Athlete’s foot and other anti-fungal creams can be used also.
- Black walnut extract applied directly to each infection daily can speed healing. Black walnut extract is used to relieve the symptoms of a number of skin and other conditions involving infection or irritation.
- Iodine is an antiseptic that used to be commonly used for its anti bacterial properties. Daily application of iodine will hasten the healing of ringworm. Be sure to clean and dry the area first but do not dry using the same towels you pass on to other people, or without washing them again before use, because ringworm is highly contagious.
- Daily application of calamine lotion. Again clean and dry the area first. Dab on with a piece of tissue.
- For a folk remedy, some people swear that clear nail polish applied to each welt will kill the ringworm. Others swear it will not. If nothing else is to hand then this may be tried as a last resort.
Things to remember
- #1 – DO NOT SCRATCH
- Cover each spot with a bandage to avoid touching things and spreading the infection.
- Ringworm is contagious before symptoms appear
- If using shared showers such as at a gym then wear flip flops
If you are worried about catching ringworm then you will need to be extra vigilant about not petting animals as well as being aware not to touch or share towels that others have used or go barefoot at public swimming pools or in the shower room at your local gym.
If you think you have ringworm or might have been touched by someone you know or suspect has it then be careful about the chances of passing it on and do not give your used towels to someone else to use or walk about bare foot in public places. Use one of the above treatments and the symptoms and ringworm should be gone within less than a week. If your pets are infected, take them to your vet for anti-fungal pills, creams or shampoos. This will be good for them, you and anyone else who might come in contact with them.