Also known as Dermatophytosis, ringworm is a clinical condition caused by fungal infections of the skin in cats, dogs, domestic animals, and humans. It is caused y fungi of several species, and thrive on moist and warm skin. It is highly contagious, and when the skin comes into contact with this fungus anywhere, the circular pattern will soon appear (while that is the characteristic appearance of the ringworm: raised red circles). It is common in most adult people, with up to 20 percent of the population having one of these infections at any given moment.
One should avoid sharing clothing, sports equipment, towels, or sheets, avoid walking barefoot, avoid touching pets with bald spots, and after being exposed to it, wash with antibacterial or anti-fungal soap and wash clothes in hot water with fungicidal soap. Also, it is desirable that one takes his pet to the vet every few weeks or so, use a medicated shampoo, bathe daily, put on socks before underwear, etc.
If the condition is left untreated it can cause a number of other complications. There is a variety of antifungal crèmes that may help.
However, in some cases it is essential that one consult the doctor:
- if one sees signs of infection on a baby or an infant;
- the ringworm has transcended to the toenails;
- it is on one’s beard, scalp, or face;
- it lasts or grows even after one has treated it for two weeks with an anti-fungal medication
For minor cases of Dermatophytosis, homeopathic remedies might just help. Because they are made of plants, and some plants are known for their beneficial output, they provide a completely natural way of resolving this problem. And, what is more, they are deprived of any side-effects that may exist with conventional medication.
- Graphite is used for the type of ringworm that oozes a heavy discharge.
- Tellurium is used for when red sores appear.
- Sepia, for when brown patches seem to be appearing.
- Sulfur, to ease extreme itchy sensations.
Also, one might want to try and heal themselves with herbs that are known to help with this problem. Those herbs are lavender, Echinacea, and tea tree oil. One should, however, consult a specialist in this field. They are sure to know the best way to make the herbs more effective in order that one might treat and cure the problem of ringworm.