I have a breakout that looks like a ring worm but not

Ringworm can be described as a fungal infection, which affects the top layer of the skin. This infection is quite common and can be seen in people of all ages; in fact ring worm affects not just people, it can be seen in animals too. It is quite easy to distinguish ringworm from other types of skin infection, because it is characterized by a circular red rash, which appears right in the middle of healthy looking skin. This rash can be quite itchy too. Contrary to the name, there is no worm infestation that occurs; this condition gets its name mainly from the ring-like rash on the skin. Ringworm is also known as tinea corporis and is closely associated with other skin infections, which are caused by fungus and have a similar name, such as tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) and tinea cruris (a jock’s itch). Normally, this rash disappears on its own, within a few weeks, without any treatment; however, there are times when the rash lasts for longer and requires medical attention. Since the presence of ringworm can be a major source of embarrassment, there are several people who take preventative steps to avoid it. In order to avoid the condition successfully, people need to know firstly, what causes ringworms on skin.

How do you get ringworm rash?

There are several people who suddenly realize that they are suffering from ringworm, even when they have not been in contact with anyone who already has this condition. Therefore, they usually consult their doctor, and ask them “how do you get ringworm?” However, it is important for people to realize that ringworm is highly contagious and can spread, not just from one person to the other, but even by being in contact with an animal, like a pet, that has ringworm. In fact when health experts are asked for information on what causes ringworms, they also state that ringworm can spread when a person comes in contact with an object that an infected person has touched recently. Such objects could include combs, brushes, bed linen, towels and clothing. Although rare, it is also possible for people to contract ringworm, by touching infected soil. However, in this case the infection is only a probability, if the contact with the infected soil is for an extended period of time.

Ringworm is a lot more common in people who sweat excessively or wear tight clothing on a regular basis. Usually, there is no pain that accompanies ringworm, but people still try treating ringworm outbreaks, since they can lead to a lot of embarrassment

Treatment for ringworm in humans

There are two ways in which ringworm in people can be treated; the first approach is the medical approach, where topical and oral drugs are recommended and the second one mainly includes to use of home remedies, for treating ringworm naturally. People who are interested in seeking options on how to get rid of ringworm fast are generally advised to try the following medication:

Oral medication
  • Flucnazole
  • Griseofulvin 
  • Itraconazole 
  • Terbinafine
Topical medication
  • Butenafine
  • Ciclopirox 
  • Econazole 
  • Terbinafine

However, there are certain adverse side effects that are associated with the use of such medication, which is probably why most people prefer treating ringworm naturally, mainly, by using a home remedy for ringworm. Given below are some of the most commonly used home remedies for treating the condition:
  • Essential oils, like lavender oil, tea tree oil or jojoba oil
  • Mudpack 
  • Castor oil 
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Turmeric juice
The home remedies for ringworm mentioned above are fairly safe, if used correctly, but it is strongly recommended that people consult a doctor, before using any of them.

answered by G R

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