Is ringworm contagious

Ringworm is a fungal infection that usually affects the scalp, body, feet and even the nails. The name does not mean there are actual worms on the body instead if described the characteristic of the red ring, or the infection, that the person has.

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Scientifically, ringworm is also known as Tinea.

Ringworm is caused by different types of fungal organisms called “dermatophytes”. These affect the different parts of our body and there are different types of ringworms:

Ringworm of the scalp is found in humans and animals

Ringworm of the body is found in humans, animals and soil

Ringworm of the foot (athlete’s foot) and of the nails are found only in humans

Being that it seems we could find ringworm anywhere and everywhere, you might be thinking, is ringworm contagious? And the answer is YES.

Ringworm is contagious – it could be passed from skin to skin contact or contact with an object that a person with ringworm has infected and although it is present, it is rare to get ringworm from the soil.

Because ringworm is contagious it is strongly suggested that you do not have any contact with the person infected by it. This includes, for children, playing with the toys the infected child has. Our children are not aware of such conditions and they are not aware of personal hygiene. It is therefore important that should your child be infected with ringworm, do not allow him to have contact with other children. Do not share towels or clothing with the other siblings as well as sharing toys, use of phone, etc…

Since ringworm is contagious, the best thing to do is to prevent the spread of it. Again, with anyone with this infection, be sure to keep your hands to yourself. Do not share “common” items. Because it is hard not to touch or scratch the infected area, try not to touch it, this is how it is commonly spread. If you do touch the area, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before touching anything else. Touching the infected area and then touching the rest of your body could lead to spreading the ringworm to other parts.

Ringworm on the scalp starts as a pimple and gets larger everyday. The fungus may lead to temporary baldness on the infected area. The scalp skin may be brittle with yellow crusts on the area.

On the body, the ringworm is flat and round however that is not the case on the feet and scalp. Believe it or not, the groin area is the most common affected area. When the ring spreads or expands, the more the center produced a clear ring.

Athlete’s foot is another type of ringworm. And then there is the nail fungus that turns our nail to a discolored, brittle or thicker and chalky looking nail.

In as much as ringworm is contagious there are treatments available to rid of it however, before starting any treatment, go see your doctor and get it properly diagnosed. Keep in mind that although anyone can have ringworm, this is mostly common in children so be sure to keep your children clean and away from whoever is infected.

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