Ringworm or tinea is a fungal infection of the skin. In this case, a strain of fungi grows on a part of the skin and forms scaly red patches with round edges. While its name may suggest that it is caused by worms, the infection is not in any way related to worms. It is named because it forms worm-like borders/edges.
As it is with most fungi strains, ringworm prefers moist, dark, warm parts of the skin. This can include body parts like the groin and between your toes. It is important to note that ringworm is exclusively an external infection. A pimple on the tongue, for example, should not be taken as a potential symptom of the infection.
Fungal infections are easily treatable with creams and ointments. You can also be given oral medications in a clinic to hasten the healing process.
Information on ringworm on the neck
Ringworm on the neck appears as a round, edged spot or patch which is a bit raised and red. There will be a cluster of lesions in the patch which are constantly itchy. With time, ringworm on neck will extend its borders. The center will become clearer while more lesions will be populated at the periphery.
Due to constant touching, the lesions on the outer part of the ringworm patch may form blisters or sores. Soon, other ringworm patches will start to form in adjacent areas or other parts of the body.
How to treat ringworm on the neck with home remedies
Ringworm on the neck can be effectively treated at home especially if the treatment is to be started immediately after a ringworm patch forms. With time, the fungus may grow more resistant to curative home remedies.
- Papaya – a certain enzyme contained in a raw papaya fruit can effectively inhibit the growth of fungi, and in this case treat ringworm on the neck. All that is necessary is to apply the papaya juice directly to the ringworm patches.
- Garlic – garlic is also good for home syringoma treatment. You can take it orally or cut it in two halves and rub the flesh part on the ringworm-affected areas. Garlic can have a stinging feel when first applied. This will however ease and stop very quickly.
- Castor and essential oils – you can use castor oil on its own or with other essential oils for ringworm on the neck removal. Castor oil has been used for generations now to get rid of ringworm at home. Adding some essential oils such as lavender will help soothe the skin and get rid of the scaly lesions.
Ringworm on scalp; before and after pictures
Ringworm on the scalp is perhaps the most common type of ringworm infections that is known. This may be because the whitish and hairless patches that occur due to ringworm on scalp are very conspicuous.
This infection is very common in children between 3 and 10 years of age. Sharing things like combs, pillows or even hats will spread the infection. It is common to find the infection in social and crowded places.
You can compare before and after pictures and images for ringworm on the scalp to see if the medications you are on or that you are giving to your child are working. In fact, it is even more recommended to watch an illustrative video on how to treat ringworm at home or with medications. Combined with information available online, you will be assured to win the battle against ringworm.
How to treat ringworm on scalp
Even when home remedies or topical antifungal creams are being used to treat ringworm on the scalp, oral antifungal drugs must be taken. This will ensure that the ringworm has been eradicated from the hair follicles themselves.
Griseofulvin is perhaps the longest serving ringworm medication that is still in use and effective today. It is relatively safe, so it can be used in children. It is available in liquid forms. Patients are required to take it for maximum of 8 weeks on daily basis. Meals rich in fats increase the rate at which the drug will be absorbed. By the end of 8 weeks, the ringworm should have healed completely.
Other alternatives to griseofulvin include:
You can also add some antifungal hair care product such as shampoo in the bath water. Also, home remedies such as castor oil will hasten the healing process as well as reduce the scaly appearance of the affected scalp. Essential oils are very skin rejuvenating. They can actually be used to hide or remove a hickey on the neck.
Ringworm on the foot; what it looks like
Ringworm on the foot is also known as athlete’s foot and is caused by a toe fungus related to the same one responsible for ringworm on the body. On pictures and images, you can learn what it looks like.
Pictures and images will show you that ringworm on the foot prefers the spaces between the toes especially the underside. These are the warmest moist and dark regions of the foot. The fungi will however keep spreading to the sole and if not treated, it will infest the toe nails.
You can use over the counter anti-fungal creams to treat athlete’s foot effectively. In fact, it is only without proper medication that ringworm on the foot leads to complicated health issues.
Symptoms of ringworm on foot and how to prevent it
Symptoms of ringworm on the foot include itchy and scaly whitish patches forming between the toes and spreading to the sole. With time, the fungus may even spread to the upper part of the foot and cause white spots on toes.
Athlete’s foot occurs in people living in moist areas and in people who rarely use footwear. However, poor hygienic conditions such as not cleaning your feet, not drying your feet after a bath, sharing footwear and similar habits will contribute to the spread of athlete’s foot.
It can be prevented by taking antifungal medications, applying topical antifungal creams, maintaining foot hygiene such as not wearing damp socks and not sharing shoes/socks. It is easily treatable all the same. In fact, it can heal on its own if foot hygiene is maintained.
Ringworm on the legs and arms
It is perhaps not fair that we have waited this long to discuss the most common of all ringworm infections: ringworm of the face, legs, and arms.
It is in fact referred to as ringworm of the body. This is because it infects generally any part of the body apart from the ones we already have discussed.
Symptoms of ringworm on the leg, face and arm are pretty much the same as what we have been discussing. Generally, ring-like patches will form on the affected area. The patches will be a bit raised and contain many lesions of identical sizes. The largest lesions will be populated on the periphery, where some can actually burst into small blisters. Clear areas can be seen on the center.
Ringworm on the leg occurring on the upper thighs is referred to as jock itch. It is a bit more aggressive in relation to itchiness than common ringworm on the arm or face. It can also cause ringworm on the face or spread to other parts of the leg.
Scaly ringworm is the most contagious. In fact, it is less likely that ringworm will occur solely for long before spreading the fungi to nearby or other body parts.
When it comes to how to treat it, ringworm on the face, arms and legs will need antifungal medications to heal. In most cases, an antifungal cream will be enough to get rid of the patches. Oral medications may still be prescribed to avoid recurrent attacks. To promote faster skin healing, home remedies such as tea tree oil, also used for penis skin tag removal, can be used.