What Is Ringworm? Ringworm is a fungal infections that are on the skin. Some of these fungal
infections produce round spots on the skin, but many do not. The medical term
for ringworm is tinea. Medical doctors will add another word to indicate where
the fungus is located. Dermatophytes are the fungi causing
ringworm hence also known as dermatophytosis. It appears in various forms
of cutaneous infection. The names are given according to the site affected. The
degree of inflammation depends on the causative fungus and host immunity. It may
transmit from soil, animal or from human to human.
What Causes Ringworm ?
Skin fungus is very common. They only live on the dead
layer of keratin protein on top of the skin. They rarely go deeper into the body
and can't live on mucous membranes, such as those in the mouth or vagina
Some fungi live only on human skin, hair or nails. Others live
on animals and only sometimes are found on human skin. Still others live in the
soil. Heat and moisture help fungi grow and thrive, which makes them more
commonly found in skin folds such as those in the groin or between the
ringworm of the bearded area of the face and neck, with swelling and marked
crusting, often with itching, sometimes causes the hair to break off.
ringworm of the scalp commonly affects children, mostly in late childhood or
adolescence. This condition may spread in schools. Tinea capitis appears as
scalp scaling that is associated with bald spots.
ringworm the skin of the body, it often produces the round spots of classic
ringworm. Sometimes, these spots have an "active" outer border as they
slowly grow and advance.
ringworm of the groin or "Jock Itch" tends to have a reddish-brown color and
to extend from the folds of the groin down onto one or both thighs.
ringworm on the face except in the area of the beard. On the face, ringworm
is rarely ring-shaped. Causes red, scaly patches with indistinct edges.
ringworm involving the hands, particularly the palms and the spaces between
the fingers. Causes thickening (hyperkeratosis) of these areas, often on
only one hand.
ringworm called "Athlete's Foot" may cause scaling and inflammation in the
toe webs, especially the one between the fourth and fifth toes. Thickening
or scaling of the skin on the heels and soles. Causes blisters between the
toes or on the sole. Extremely common skin disorder. It is the most common
and perhaps the most persistent of the fungal (tinea) infections. It is rare
before adolescence. Can occur in association with other fungal skin
infections such as tinea cruris
ringworm of the fingernails and, more often, the toenails yellow, thick, and
crumbly. This is referred to as fungal nails or onychomycosis
Symptoms Of Ringworm Include:
Reddish, scaly or white patches on the skin
The lesions may appear raised and blistered.
The circular lesion might have a clearing in the center.
Hair loss is common side effect of this disease.
Ringworm of scalp especially is characterized by patchy
hair loss where the hair might be bent and broken at an odd angle.
Lycopodium and Kalium Bichromicum are effective homeopathic remedies to cure
ringworm. Take Lycopodium C6 and Kalium Bichromicum C12 two times a day.
Take the 5 pellets of Lycopodium Clavatum 6C
at once and let them dissolve under your tongue. Few minutes later wait take
5 pellets of Kali Bichromicum, 30C. Let them dissolve under your tongue
.Take the ringworm remedies daily for one week.
Rhus Toxicodendron Used if there is intense burning, itching
and stinging from the fungal skin infection. Skin symptoms are better by
heat or bathing the area in hot water.
Sepia For skin conditions with a scaly reddish
or brownish rash. Person is chilly and seeks the warmth of blankets.
Itching is worse from sweating and overheating. Symptoms are worse with
dampness but improved by fresh air.