Ringworm is a fungus
infection of the scalp or skin. Ringworm on the scalp may leave
a flaky patch of baldness. In the skin ringworm causes a
reddish, ring like rash that may itch or burn. The area may be
dry and scaly or it may be moist or crusted. The same fungi that
infect humans can also infect animals such as dogs and cats and
infections may be acquired from pets as well as from infected
Ringworm is spread by direct contact with a person or
animal infected with the fungus. It can also be spread
indirectly through contact with articles (such as combs or
clothing) or surfaces which have been contaminated with the
fungus. The fungus is no longer present when the lesion starts
Ringworm infection occurs in the scalp, the body, the feet, and
the nails. Ringworm of the scalp is common among children
because of the lack of protective fatty acids in their scalp.
The disease spread on the skin and extends deeper into the hair
roots, and also up along the hair. The affected hair becomes
dull and breaks off near its root. This leaves bald spots on the
scalp .the patches of ringworm on the body are usually round or
oval, with raised pink and scaly rings which show a clean space
in the center. The itching in the infected parts of the body .if
it is not treated for a longtime, the infection becomes chronic
and is then difficult to get rid of.
Ringworm is passed from an infected person to a healthy person
by contact. it can also spread by the use of articles such as
the towel of an infected person.
Herbal Home Remedy
Patient should take plenty of
fresh vegetable juices, fruit juices, fresh salads,
and fruits. Should avoid tinned or packed food.
Should take rice, vegetables, fresh fish, dal, roti,
etc. Patient should avoid tea, coffee, alcohol etc.
The patient should get as much as
fresh air as possible. He should drink plenty of
water, and take bath twice daily. Coconut oil may be
applied on the affected part, sun bathing is also
Observe good hand washing technique among all
children and adults.
Prohibit sharing of personal items, such as hair
care articles, towels and clothing.
Dry skin thoroughly after washing.
Wash bathroom surfaces and toys daily.
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