What is ringworm?

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It's nothing to do with worms!

 

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It's a fungal infection.

 

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Animals can pass it onto humans if you have a cut or broken skin

 

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Simple daily hygiene may help to prevent ringworm. Exfoliating dead skin deprives the fungus of its food source. Even if you use no special skin care products at all, just a gentle scrub will help your body gain the upper hand on the condition.

 

 

 

How does it occur?

The fungi that cause ringworm can enter the body through a scratch or a cut or if you have broken skin. Animals can have ringworm and can pass it on to humans if they come into contact, and humans can also pass it to each other through contact.

 

What are the symptoms
of ringworm?

The appearance of ringworm is often a round, red or silvery patch of skin which may be scaly and itchy. The ring spreads outwards as it progresses and the centre may heal and go back to a normal colour. There may be several patches and the skin may become raised and blistered.

How to treat ringworm

Antifungal creams are usually effective in treating ringworm on the body. Canesten Cream contains a powerful antifungal agent which inhibits the growth of the fungus, allowing the skin to heal and return to its normal state.

How to prevent the infection

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It is best to take your pet to the vet if you suspect it might have ringworm – ensure your pet is treated quickly and you will be less likely to contract it yourself. 

 

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If a pet or member of your family has ringworm, check the rest of the family carefully for signs of the infection.

 

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Avoid sharing towels, bedding or clothing with a person who has ringworm and try to avoid contact with the infected area.

 

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If you have ringworm, try to avoid touching other areas of your body when you have touched the infected area and be sure to wash your hands.