What is ringworm?
Ringworm is a very infectious and common skin infection causing a ring shaped red rash.

Ringworm is most common among children, but can affect people of any age.

Ringworm isn’t caused by worms. The skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. Fungi are microscopic organisms that can live off the dead tissues of your skin, hair, and nails, much like a mushroom can grow on the bark of a tree.

What causes ringworm?

Ringworm is caused by a fungus that grows on the skin. Once the fungus is established, it spreads out in rings. The centre of the ring may clear up, while a new ring of infection develops at the edge of the old ring.

Children are most likely to get ringworm. Ringworm of the scalp can spread from child to child when children share hats, combs, or brushes. Ringworm of the body can be spread on towels, clothing, or sports equipment. Personal hygiene is important in preventing the spread of ringworm. Dogs and cats can also be infected with ringworm, and they can pass it to people through direct contact.

What are the symptoms of ringworm?

Ringworm of the scalp:

Dry, brittle hair or hair loss in patches
Severe itching
Red-ringed patch of small blisters or scaly skin
Ringworm of the body:

Red-ringed patch of small blisters or scaly skin
Severe itching is sometimes present
Consult your practice nurse or doctor if you have a red-ringed skin infection, severe itching of the skin or scalp, a scaly rash or hair loss.

How do I know if I have ringworm?

Your doctor will probably recognise the characteristic rash of ringworm. However, he or she may also:

Look at the infection with a special ultraviolet light that can detect traces of fluorescent materials that occur in a ringworm infection.
Scrape an area of affected skin and look at the sample under the microscope.
Take a sample of skin scrapings for culture, to find out which fungus is causing the infection in order to select the most effective antifungal medicine.
What are the treatments for ringworm?

Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication. These drugs work to kill fungi and prevent the condition from coming back. You may use the antifungal agent on your skin as a medicated shampoo, powder, cream or lotion; or you may be given a tablet so the medicine can spread throughout your body. You may be recommended a combination of these treatments.

How can I prevent ringworm?

Good personal hygiene helps prevent the spread of ringworm. Teach your child to practise good hygiene and generally not to share combs, brushes, or hats. Children also shouldn’t share towels, clothes, or sports equipment that haven’t been properly cleaned.

Ringworm can also be transmitted from an infected dog or cat, so avoid animals who look mangy or have bald spots in their coats. If you have an animal that you think may have ringworm, take it to the vet for treatment.

HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR RINGWORM

Ringworm isn’t caused by worms. The skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. Fungi are microscopic organisms that can live off the dead tissues of your skin, hair and nails much like a mushroom can grow on the bark of a tree.

Causes

Ringworm is caused by a fungus that grows on the skin. Once the fungus is established, it spreads out in rings. The centre of the ring may clear up, while a new ring of infection develops at the edge of the old ring.
Children are most likely to get ringworm. Ringworm of the scalp can spread from child to child when children share hats, combs, or brushes. Ringworm of the body can be spread on towels, clothing, or sports equipment. Personal hygiene is important in preventing the spread of ringworm. Dogs and cats can also be infected with ringworm, and they can pass it to people through direct contact

Symptoms

Ringworm of the scalp–:Dry, brittle hair or hair loss in patches, Severe itching, Red-ringed patch of small blisters or scaly skin
Ringworm of the body:–Red-ringed patch of small blisters or scaly skin, Severe itching is sometimes present
Consult your practice nurse or doctor if you have a red-ringed skin infection, severe itching of the skin or scalp, a scaly rash or hair loss

HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES

BACILLINUM 200

Bacillinum is the head remedy for ring worm . Start treatment with this remedy. No other medicine for 24 hours . It should be repeated only once in a week. If there is no improvement in two or three weeks , consider the following remedies.

SULPHUR 20O

Sulphur is prescribed when there is disorder of stomach and acidity.There is retching and loss of appetite .The patient feels restleeness at night . Another prescribing point is cold feet and hot head

SEPIA 200

Sepia is another excellent remedy for ringworm and it should be tried if Sulphur fails.It is very effective for ringworm on moustaches. Itching is not relieved by scratching. Worse in open air and cold weather. Eruptions every spring

TELLURIUM 30

Tellurium is very effective for ringworm on face.In Tellurium there is offensive , garlic like odour of body and sweat. There is small red pimples , very bright red and very sharply defined with minute vesicles on them. Another important symptom is ring worm with otorrhea

CHRYSAROBINUM 3X

Chrysarobinum is effective for vesicular ringworm. Foul smelling discharge and crust formation . Violent itching .Thighs , legs and ears are mostly affected.Scaly eruptions around the eyes and ears with pus underneath

APIS MEL. 1000

Ringworm with itching and burning. Better by cold applications

CALCAREA CARB 30

Calcare carb. is suitable for ringworm in pale and lymphatic plethoric persons. The person having cold moist hands and feet

ARSENICUM ALB 30

Arsenicum alb is effective for ring worm on scalp. The hair falls in patches.The patient feels general debility and restlessness.The skin dry and rough.Another indicating symptom is thirst for small quantities of water at short intervals.

KALI SULPH. 6X

Kali sulph is prescribed when ringworm is present on scalp or beard with abundant scales

RADIUM BROMIDE 30

Radium bromide is also useful when it is better in open air and worse` in bed and undressing

RHUS TOXICODENDRON 30

Rhus tox is prescribed when ring worm lesions oozes an offensive moisture with violent itching. Ring worm on scalp in children extending to face, neck and eyes

PSORINUM 200

Psorinum is an Intercurrent remedy. There is intense itching , scratches till it bleeds which give relief. Offensive smell from the affected part.It is black in colour.

ARS SULPH FLAVATUM 6

Ars sulph flavatum is effective in ringworm with whitish patches

NATRUM MUR 200

Natrum mur is prescribed when the ringworm is black in color.There is intense itching, worse eating salt and at seashore.

SYPHILINUM 1000

Syphilinum is prescribed when the ringworm is present symmetrically. Syphilitic patients having great neatness.

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