As we now know, ringworm is a fungal infection that usually takes on the appearance of a circular sore or open wound. With dogs, the fungal agents that the infection invades the hair and hair follicles. Most cases are caused by a fungal agent by the name of microsporum canis. Generally speaking, puppies and young adults are the ages when dogs will most likely develop a ringworm infection and the areas that are most susceptible are the face, ears, paws and tail. It’s rather difficult to pinpoint where a given dog would have gotten a ringworm infection but very often it comes from playing in the dirt or sand or anywhere that might have items that are unclean. Fungi often live in dark, moist locations so areas of a yard, anything in constant shade or places that don’t get cleaned very regularly are high risk. Make sure to look your dog over periodically if you notice more itching and scratching that usual so if there is an infection present, you can get a high quality ringworm treatment as soon as possible and begin the treatment process.
Fungal infections are mysterious. The severity of each infection is different, the best way to treat each infection is not the same and the duration of a given infection fluctuates. Ringworm infections are frustrating to treat for this reason and no single ringworm cure is perfect. However, it is important to understand the infection in order to have the best chance at treating it properly. Read on for five myths about ringworm infections.
Ringworm on the scalp of an adult or child is not dangerous. But without treatment, the hair loss may spread to other parts of the scalp and create an extremely uncomfortable situation. Some children develop a kerion, which is a sometimes very tender swelling of the scalp that if infected, can drain pus. Kerions are an allergic reaction to fungal agents that cause ringworm and may require additional treatment.
Ringworm infections are most readily spread through skin-on-skin contact. The fungal agents that cause ringworm infections are very adaptable and resilient and can be spread from very brief contact between humans and animals. Ringworm is most easily spread by contact and sweat that are prevalent in many sports.
Thankfully, most cases of ringworm with babies are easily treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream, like the kind adults use for athlete’s foot. Look for a treatment for ringworm with one or two per cent of clotrimazole or tolnaftate and ask your medical professional to recommend a cream suitable for your child’s age just to be certain. Application is quite easy as well. Just gently rub a fingertip worth of cream on the infected skin twice a day. Let the cream have 10 minutes to dry and try no make contact with any public surfaces to reduce the chance of spreading the infection. This is of course challenging with young babies but do your best. Some children are sensitive to these creams, so do a test with a small amount of cream first to see how your baby’s skin reacts. If a rash develops in response to the cream, talk to your doctor about alternative creams. With proper and consistent treatment, the infection should get better within 3-4 weeks. If it doesn’t, consult your doctor once again.
Thankfully the answer to this question is no. This is not to say that you shouldn’t always treat a ringworm infection at the earliest possible moment however. Ringworm infections come in different shapes and sizes and you never know when or how a severe one can be caught. Severe infections can be extremely uncomfortable and very unsightly and last for up to 2 months if not treated. In addition, not treating infections will increase the likelihood of recurrence which is you want to avoid. But you can rest assured that a ringworm infection will not cause you fatal harm.
The stages of ringworm are slightly different in appearance depending on where the infection is on the body. A ringworm infection on the scalp may not look like a ringworm infection on the skin. However, it is important to known the symptoms so that if you recognize one, you can find a ringworm cure and start treatment immediately.
Ringworm infections are not dangerous or threatening but can be very irritating if not dealt with swiftly. If you are able to identify the infection in the early stages, you can start applying a topical cure for ringworm and it will more than likely dissipate within 1-2 weeks. Although some infections can last longer, you can minimize the severity of the infection if you are able to identify the issue as soon as possible.
Just wanted to share an excellent comment/testimonial from a reader of ours. Her dog got a nasty ringworm infection and they had to battle through a couple of solutions before finding the proper ringworm treatment. Thanks for sharing Corinne!
- Ringworm infections can be spread by the spores of soil and/or contact with the infected hair of dogs. Usually the type found on brushes, combs, toys, carpet and furniture.