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Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects only the skin. Despite what its name suggests, a group of fungi called dermatophytes (which consists of about 40 species)—not worms—cause it. It is common, but preventable.

Effective Ways to Prevent Ringworm

Getting infected by dermatophytes can cause various symptoms, including itching, red, scaly patches on the skin and hair loss. But do not worry; you can take the following actions to protect your skin from ringworm.

Practice Good Hygiene

One of the most effective ringworm prevention methods is good hygiene, which entails washing your hands regularly, especially after touching animals or people who may be infected. You also want to avoid sharing personal items (like towels, combs and clothing) with others, as they can quickly spread the infection.

Keep Your Environment Clean

Ringworm can also spread through contaminated surfaces such as floors, gym equipment and clothing. Therefore, it is essential to keep your surroundings clean by disinfecting surfaces regularly and washing clothes and towels in hot water.

Disinfect Your Gym Equipment

If you use gym equipment regularly, disinfect it after each use. Ringworm spores can survive on surfaces for a long time, so it is essential to clean equipment to prevent the spread of infection. You can use a disinfectant spray or wipes to clean gym equipment.

Keep Your Skin Dry

Ringworm thrives in warm, moist environments, so it is essential to keep your skin dry. Be sure to dry off thoroughly after bathing or swimming, and change out of sweaty or wet clothing as soon as possible. If you have an active lifestyle that causes excessive sweating, consider using talcum powder or an antifungal spray to keep your skin dry.

Keep Your Nails Short and Clean

Ringworm can develop on your nails and lead to a fungal nail infection. Keeping your nails short and clean can help prevent ringworm from spreading to your nails. Also, consider using antifungal nail polish or medication if you have a fungal nail infection.

Wear Protective Clothing

If you are participating in activities that increase your risk of ringworm, like contact sports or farming, consider wearing protective clothing. Such attire can include gloves, long sleeves and pants made of breathable fabrics that can wick moisture away from your skin.

Avoid Walking Barefoot in Public Areas

Public areas such as locker rooms, pools and showers can harbor fungi that cause ringworm. Avoid walking barefoot in these areas and wear sandals or shower shoes to reduce your risk of infection.

Avoid Infected Animals

Ringworm can be spread by touching infected animals, so it is essential to avoid contact with pets or livestock that may be infected. Wear gloves and wash your hands assiduously afterward if you need to handle animals.

Be Cautious with Pets

Pets can carry ringworm spores, so being cautious when interacting with them is essential. If you have a pet with ringworm, take them to the vet for treatment and avoid close contact until the infection clears up. If you are adopting a new pet, make sure to have them checked for ringworm before bringing them home.

Boost Your Immune System

A weakened immune system increases your susceptibility to ringworm infections. On the other hand, a healthy immune system can help fight off ringworm and prevent infections. Eat a balanced, healthy diet, exercise regularly and sleep enough to boost your immune system. In addition, practice stress reduction techniques, like meditation or yoga, to help keep your immune system healthy.

Use Antifungal Creams and Ointments

Several over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments can help treat the infection if you develop ringworm. These products are designed to kill the fungus that causes ringworm and can help alleviate symptoms such as itching and redness.

Consult a Dermatologist

If you have a severe or persistent case of ringworm, it may be necessary to consult with a dermatologist. Medical Dermatology Specialists is a leading dermatological care provider, and our team of experts can help diagnose and treat your ringworm infection. We offer many treatment options, including prescription medications and laser therapy, to help you get the relief you need.

Getting in Touch with Expert Ringworm Treatment Specialists in Atlanta

While several over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments can help treat a ringworm infection, these solutions may only work sometimes. If these medications are ineffective and you need more advanced treatment, the team at Medical Dermatology Specialists is here to help. Contact us to schedule a consultation and rid yourself of ringworm for good.

Posted on behalf of Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.

5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328

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