What is ringworm?
Ringworm is the disease that affects the skin and it belongs to the group of the highly contagious conditions. Another prominent characteristic of ringworm is that it pretty easily extends over the nails and hair. And, it is manifested as the apparition of the scaly and discolored skin one the affected areas, which are often shaped in the form of a ring. However, besides the flakes and scales which are actually the parts of the dead skin, there are also certain blister-like formations which enclose a watery liquid. So, the itch is the additional pointed out following trouble. Unfortunately, the pets and the other domestic animals can be infected by ringworm, and they can as well pass it on the people, through the simple touch.
How does one become infected?
The provenance of this condition is fungal. And, the main characteristic of this kind of the infections is that they are very stubborn, resistant and, therefore, the treatment must be long and persistent. However, this particular fungus is called dermatophyte, which means that this fungus inhabits the skin of a host as the parasite and feeds on it. There are several types of this fungus, depending on the location on the body it chooses, so, for example, the tinea capitis refers to the ringworm of the scalp and tinea pedis is the ringworm of the foot, which we most commonly refer to as the athlete’s foot.
The symptoms are already described, but their severity depends on the location. That is, for instance, in the case of the ringworm placed on the scalp or between the legs, the blister-like formations are likely to appear, while in the cases of the ringworm on the feet, the major problem is the one of the dried skin ant the scaling of it.
Anyway, as already explained, this disease is easily transmittable from one organism to another, so that is the answer to the question where do they come from?. Being highly contagious also means that, for example, these fungi are likely to pass on to a human if the infected dog sleeps in his or hers bed. At this point, it is important to emphasize that this fungus also lives on the skin derivatives, which are the nails and the hair, so, if only being in the contact with the hair of a dog or a cat, it can cause the infection. And the period of the incubation usually lasts from ten days to two weeks. In the case of no noticeable symptoms, the infected individual will be not the host, but the transferor of ringworm.
Of course, the people with the weaker immune system are more susceptible to this and the other infections.