Ringworm in humans is highly contagious not only to other humans put to pets and other animals. The ringworm patches will constantly shed microscopic spores. Anyone diagnosed with ringworm must be sure never to share clothing, shoes, combs or other personal grooming equipment with others. Limit physical contact with anyone, particularly children and the elderly, so as to lessen the risk of spreading ringworm.
Clothes, bedding and any pillows that can be machine washed should be washed daily to kill any ringworm spores. Vacuuming every day can also help remove spores. Treatment for ringworm will take much longer if this housecleaning is not done. Avoid going to public pools or gyms or anywhere people walk around in bare feet.
Although highly annoying, ringworm in humans is treatable and curable. Patients are given an antifungal shampoo to use if their ringworm is on the head. Antifungal medications such as ointments or pills are administered if the ringworm is at other parts of the body. Ringworm in humans usually clears up in 30 days if a person takes medication and takes the time to do daily cleaning.
People suffering from ringworm need to wash themselves and their hair every day. They need to wear loose-fitting clothing that does not rub against itchy skin patches. Doctors will usually prescribe anti-itch creams or lotions in order to reduce the itchiness. If the itchiness is mild, then over the counter anti-itch products with miconazole or clotrimazole may be recommended. If a person has scratched himself open, then he may be prescribed antibiotics.
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