Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a type of fungus called a “dermatophyte.” The common name “ringworm” comes from the look of the infected skin. There is often a pink, scaling area of skin with a clear center and a well-defined edge, giving the appearance of a ring. In order to find the proper cure for ringworm, one needs to have a little bit of background about the opponent.
Dermatophytes like to grow in warm, moist areas. “Athlete’s foot,” for example, is a fungal infection that occurs around and between the toes. “Jock itch” is a fungal infection of the upper, inner thighs and the groin. Fungal infections can occur anywhere on skin, including the scalp, fingernails and toenails.
People living in warm, moist climates are at greater risk of developing fungal infections of skin. Skin can also become infected by coming in direct contact with another infected person or an infected household pet. In fact, infected pets are often the source of recurrent fungal infections. If your pet is scratching often and has a recurrent problem with ringworm, have your pet checked by a veterinarian.
People with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or leukemia are often more susceptible to fungal infections than are others. If your immune system is weakened for any reason, your skin is more susceptible. If you have recurrent ringworm or other recurrent skin infections, be sure to see your physician to look for any underlying conditions.