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RINGWORM

What are Ringworms?
Ringworm is a very common term, which has been used to refer to fungal infections, which grow on the surface of the skin. Contrary to earlier beliefs, ringworms are not caused due to a worm and this infection is not caused due to any worm. The infection of ringworm is caused due to a fungus infection in the skin and even though the name ringworm is still used, the association of worms with the infection has been ruled out.  It has been earlier assumed that some fungi produce round spots on the skin but this is not proven.

Interesting facts about Ringworms:
However there are many round spots on the skin due to this infection but these are not due to a fungal infection. Physical examination of the skin, affected by ringworms, had been conducted which also lead to evaluation of skin scrapings under the microscope. This was followed by culture tests, which helped the doctors to make the appropriate distinctions in the proper diagnosis and causes of this ailment, which is essential to successful treatment. Medically ringworms are also known as tinea, which is the Latin name for a growing worm. However doctors often use different words to indicate the area where the fungus is located. For example, Tinea capitis, is used to refer to scalp ringworm and tinea corporis to fungus of the body. The term tinea pedis refers to fungus of the feet and many other names are given to this ailment.



Causes of Ringworm:

Since our world is full of yeasts, molds, and fungi, getting infections and diseases is something very common, which would also cause skin problems. Causes of ringworms are dermatophytes, which means skin fungi and these can only live on the dead layer of keratin protein, which is on top of the skin. These fungi rarely invade deeper into the body because they cannot live on mucous membranes like the ones found in the mouth or vagina. Basically skin fungi survive on human skin, their nails and hands and there are many others that live in the soil. Remember that heat and moisture help fungi grow and hence regions like groin or between the toes are more sensitive to these problems.

 

Symptoms and Prevention of Ringworms:
Some of the most common symptoms of the ringworms are the exterior spots, which appear on the skin. If you want to avoid these ringworms then you should avoid sharing clothing, sports equipment and towels. Also you should wash clothes in hot water with fungicidal soap. Also try and avoid walking barefoot and wear shoes that protect your fingers and toes.

Treatment for Ringworms:
Natural and ayurvedic:

  • Papaya, butea and mustard seeds can be helpful in treating ringworms.
  • Leaves of cassia and holy basil are used to treat ringworms.
  • Raw vegetable juice can be used to treat ringworms.
  • Turmeric is very good remedy for ringworms.

Apollo hospitals and other general hospitals provide treatments for ringworms and other similar diseases. 

 
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