What is ringworm?
Ringworm, is a fungal infection of the skin and is not due to a worm as its name implies! Ringworm infection can affect both humans and animals. Ringworm causes a scaly, crusted rash that may appear as round, red patches on the skin and may affect the skin of the scalp, feet, groin, beard, or other areas.Three different types of fungi can cause this infection. It’s possible that these fungi may live for an extended period as spores in soil. Humans and animals can contract ringworm after direct contact with this soil. Ringworm is contagious and can be passed from person to person but it can be successfully treated with antifungal medications used either topically or orally.
Anyone can develop ringworm but it is very common among children and people who own pet cats.You can prevent ringworm by practicing healthy and hygienic behaviors. Many infections come from contact with animals and lack of proper hygiene. Remember to wash your hands after interacting with an animal. Avoid sharing personal items such as clothing or hairbrushes, as these can carry infective spores. Be sure to keep your feet and skin clean and dry. If you have a pet, keep its living areas clean and disinfected.
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