Ringworm Infection or dermatophytosis is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Ringworm Infection can affect both humans and animals. The initial presentation is red patches on skin that spreads to other parts. Symptoms are:
• Red, itchy or raised patches
• Patches that develop blisters and begin to ooze
• Patches that resemble a ring
• Patches with defined and raised edges
HOW IS RINGWORM INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
A dermatologist would thoroughly examine the skin of the person especially the affected area with a black light which would cause the fungus to glow. A skin biopsy or a potassium hydroxide test could be performed on a sample of the affected area to confirm the diagnosis of this disorder.
HOW IS RINGWORM INFECTION TREATED?
Treatment for this problem usually includes a series of anti-fungal ointments and creams that are easily available. Some of these include terbinafine, clotrimazole, econazole, ketoconazole and miconazole. Besides this, there are some anti-fungal tablets available for combating the issue to.
DID YOU KNOW?
Those who have a history of long lung diseases and pregnant women are more prone to getting this infection as compared to others.