Ringworm, also known as tine, is a fungal infection, forming tiny, raised red rings, hence it's name.
The fungi which cause ringworm are contracted from infected pets or farm animals but most cases are passed on from human to human. This is a highly contagious condition and can spread under the same conditions as athlete's foot, such as in changing rooms, bathrooms and swimming pools. It is very common in children.
When to seek further professional advice
If you think you might have Ringworm you should consult your doctor.
Naturopathy: Therapists will advise excluding yeast and fungi foods like white bread, alcohol, refined sugars and starches.
Aromatherapy: Tea tree oil can be used because of it's anti-fungal properties, but care must be taken to avoid spreading the ringworm.
Other therapies include: Homeopathy and Western Herbalism.
Treatment usually consists of anti-fungal drugs in creams, lotions or ointments. For the hair or nails, or when the infection has spread across the body, oral anti-fungal drugs may be necessary. Even mild infections will need up to six weeks of treatment. Some more deep-seated infections, particularly those which affect the toenails may require a longer course of treatment.
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