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Ringworms have nothing to do with worms. This type of skin condition is only a microscopic mushroom growing under your skin. Ringworm is closely related to athlete’s foot and jock itch because this is also a type of fungal infection called “tinea”. This is highly contagious and the mode of transmissions is direct skin to skin contact with an infected person. Contact with animals infected with ringworms could also be the cause. Using personal things of a person infected with ringworms like towels, clothing, soaps, and handkerchief can result to the problem as well. Here are tips for you to follow on how you can get rid of ringworms.
Tip #1: Never share what you own.
If you don’t want to get ringworms or any contagious skin disease, DO NOT share your personal belongings. Keep your towels, socks and undies to yourself.
Tip #2: Keep ringworms away by staying clean and dry.
Ringworms are fungal infections, and fungi love damp environment. Don’t wear clothing that doesn’t breath well for long. If you are sharing bathrooms like in a dormitory, always use flip flops while taking a shower. You never know if your dorm mates have it; it’s better to be careful. Ringworms thrive on places with warm and humid weather. If you can’t avoid them, the best thing you can do is to protect yourself by all means. Always wash your hands with a liquid soap. Avoid using other person’s soaps. Liquid soap is safer to use especially in public comfort rooms.
Tip #3: There are also topical fungal creams available over the counter.
Lamisil is the most common antifungal cream to get rid of ringworms. Any creams that could cure tinea can also cure ringworm, because ringworm is caused by a fungus.
Tip #4: Try Monistat.
This derm topical lotion is also a common antifungal treatment that you can use. Monistat is not only for vaginal use. It could also treat ringworm in less than 3 weeks. Over-the-counter medicines can be applied to infected areas twice a day for at least 3 weeks to ensure proper treatment.
Tip #5: Use bleaching agent.
Another common treatment that kills fungus can be done by applying some bleach agent directly into your skin. Use Q-tips or cotton buds to do this. Some people say that they used bleach on ringworm and it disappeared right away. You may however feel some stings during treatment.
Tip #6: Use home remedies like garlic.
In Asian countries, garlic is always used as home remedies in treating ringworm. Just crush a garlic to squeeze the garlic juice out and apply this directly into your skin. Rub the garlic in circular motion at least twice a day until ringworm disappears. You may feel some stinging sensation and you have to be patient with this, because this is effective. With continuous application, ringworm will turn brown and eventually disappear.
These are common tips you can make use of if you want to get rid of ringworms. Just like when treating other skin conditions, you have to try all possible options available. If ringworms don’t respond to any of the treatments mentioned above, consult your doctor and get a prescription medication.