PRLog - Jan. 8, 2013 - The name ringworm for this fungal skin infection is a complete misnomer since the condition is caused by handful of different fungi species and doesn't have a single thing to do with worms. However, for those that have seen a ringworm infection, the roundish shape and elevated skin around the infection looks much like a worm, hence the name. Thankfully, ringworm will simply be a temporary infection provided one recognized the infection early and promptly uses an effective ringworm cure.
The fungal agents that cause these parasitic infection are called dermatophytes and the feed on the epidermis which is the outer layer of skin. Different versions of these fungal species can also feed and live on hair and nails. There is ringworm of the scalp, ringworm of the skin, jock itch (ringworm in the private regions and "barber's itch" which is ringworm amongst facial hair. Organic materials like hair, nails and skin are generally located in cool environments that provide enough in nutrition and an optimal environment so fungal agents can thrive. And although these fungal infections are very related, most will require a slightly different ringworm treatment to best eliminate the issue.
Domestic animals are extremely prone to ringworm infections and are a leading source of the spread of these infections. In fact, since animals clearly don't have the same hygiene practices as humans, ringworm is often alive and well in a pet and the infection will remain unknown. We advise anyone with domestic animals at home to have your pet regularly inspected between trips to the vet just to be on the safe side.
Ringworm of the skin, which is the most common form, is easily recognizable from the reddish color and rounding shape of the infections. Although the infection looks rather grim, it if fortunately not very difficult to treat. There are more than a handful of effective ringworm treatment options such as creams or lotions that when applied properly, will fully eliminate most ringworm infections within 2-3 weeks. If a ringworm infection is left to get more severe and/or becomes systemic, there is a chance that an oral medication will be needed in order to attack the fungal agents from within the body.
However, most ringworm infections will simply require the application of a strong anti-fungal cream for a period of 2-3 weeks. As mentioned, many quality products exist. Be sure to look for a topical solution with tolnaftate, undecylenic acid or miconazole. These three active ingredients are FDA-approved for the elimination of ringworm and any high-quality ringworm treatment should have one of these elements.
And if for some reason you treat your fungal infection as directed for a period of 2-3 weeks and the ringworm infection does not completely disappear, it would be wise to make an appointment with a medical professional to review alternate treatment options. Although ringworm infection pose no danger, it is smart to do everything in your power to eliminate the issue as quickly as possible to keep it from spreading to others or getting more severe. For more detailed information about anything regarding ringworm infections, please visit http://www.RingwormCureInfo.com at anytime. Thanks for reading!