Report on Top Ways To Treat & Get Rid of Ringworm
Get Informed: Find what is most effective to get rid of ringworm that causes severe itch and unsightly scaly rashes
Contrary to popular belief, ringworm is not caused by worms but by a group of fungus medically known as Dermatophytes that grow in warm, moist areas and is highly contagious. Your doctor can diagnose ringworm easily by the ring-like rashes with clear skin in the center and blisters around the edges. Tests like skin cultures and biopsies or microscopic exams of scrapings taken with a scalpel can also confirm the diagnosis.
How Long Is Ringworm Contagious?
The answer isn’t as clear as people would like. You can transmit the infection to others for as long as the rash is visible on your body. However, dermatophytes live on dead skin cells. They will continue to live on non-biological items like combs and bedding. This means that anyone using these items before they have been cleaned with an antifungal cleanser can be infected.
Is It Contagious During or After Treatment?
Until the rash is completely eliminated from all the affected parts of the body, the person can still transfer the infection. Therefore, ringworm is contagious during treatment, but not afterwards. However, it’s still best to wait for a period of a few days after the rash disappears before resuming intimate activities to ensure the cure has effectively eradicated the dermatophytes.
We recently concluded a study to determine what works best at eliminating this contagious fungal infection that affects the skin, hand, scalp, groin, feet (athlete’s foot and jock itch) and nails. We systematically reviewed all available data to determine how well each of the various topical and oral drug regimens eradicated the infection, whether there were any side effects and if the ringworm infection reoccurred.
Methods used to find the best formulation:
A comprehensive investigation of all published trials conducted on various ringworm treatment options was carried out via an electronic database search, manual searches on the internet, exhaustive review of forum discussions and by checking references from user reviews and other resources.
While studying over-the-counter ringworm creams, antifungal lotions, powders and prescription pills, the clinical studies behind these options were also reviewed. The results of trials involving people of various age groups were included. We studied the extent of relief as well as the time it took to see improvement in the symptoms of ringworm (tinea).
What’s most effective ringworm treatment?
Below is a list of treatments we have determined produced the most satisfactory results in getting rid of ringworm.
#1 – Phytozine
Upon reviewing several top ointments, Phytozine an antifungal cream, came out number one because it produced immediate results in eliminating ringworm infections at different stages and associated symptoms. It did not cause irritation, redness, or dryness in people with sensitive skin.
We chose it as the best ringworm product because it eradicated the contagious ring-like skin infection at the source, prevented it from coming back and left behind clear skin instead of scars where deep abscesses had formed.
How does it work?
Phytozine is made from several FDA-approved ingredients that have been proven to treat ringworm completely because of their potent fungicidal properties. It is designed to work by:
- Killing the bugs causing the infection
- Boosting the immune system to prevent re-infection
- Healing rashes/sores
- Restoring skin’s appearance and removing circular bald patches on the scalp and beard.
When applied, Phytozine does not merely sit on the skin. Instead, this treatment for ringworm actually penetrates it and attacks the infection from every angle possible to clear the inflammation, pain and itching.
How to use it?
Phytozine is simple and safe to use on all parts of the body such as the face, scalp, hands, legs, and feet as well as sensitive areas such as the breasts, groin, genitals and anal region. Just apply the antifungal cream to the affected areas, making certain to cover the edges of the rashes, twice a day. In case of a severe ringworm infection or excessive discomfort, the cream can be applied more frequently without fear of causing side effects. It’s safe for kids, elderly people, individuals with diabetes and those with weakened immune systems caused by diseases such as Leukaemia and HIV/AIDS.
Prognosis: What kind of results can I expect?
Phytozine is a medically proven fast-acting product designed to treat this condition. Although those treated for mild to moderate infections will experience instant relief, it can take a few days for those with severe rashes with inflamed oozing blisters to see improvement.
Many users who have repeated episodes of this infection have reported a marked reduction in recurrences after using Phytozine, unlike other options they had tried. Scarring at the infection site—which is another issue for people with sensitive skin—is also eliminated with Phytozine’s unique formulation.
Is there any guarantee that Phytozine ringworm cream will work?
We found it to work on ringworm of the skin of:
- face (tinea faciei)
- scalp (tinea capitis): More commonly observed in children.
- beard (tinea barbae)
- body (tinea corporis): Areas like the thighs, arms, legs etc.
- groin area (tinea cruris, jock itch): Male and female athletes who sweat a lot.
- feet (tinea pedis, also called athlete’s foot)
Available without a prescription, Phytozine ringworm cream guarantees results and is safe for people of all ages. It has a 60-day money back guarantee policy. If, for any reason, you aren’t completely satisfied, simply return it within 60 days of the purchase date to receive a refund.
Doctor Prescribed Treatments for Ringworm
#1 Prescription Drugs
Oral and topical medications like miconazole (Monistat-Derm), griseofulvin, terbinafine (Lamisil), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), oxiconazole (Oxistat) etc are designed to prevent fungi from growing and multiplying. They are typically available through doctor’s prescription and come in several forms: capsules, gels, creams, pills and sprays. The active ingredient is an antifungal agent that attacks the cell membranes of the organisms that cause ringworm in humans.
It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month to see results depending on the form and frequency of the medication used. You’ll have to take care during that time to avoid spreading the disease to other people or pets such as cats and dogs. These drugs do nothing to prevent the infection from returning.
It’s important to be cautious when using oral pills for ringworm as they have been linked to numerous adverse side effects which may include but are not limited to:
- gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea
- liver damage
- loss of taste
Call your doctor or dermatologist before using.
Corticosteriods are used by some people to get rid of the irritation and obtain relief from intense itching. However, steroids should be avoided as they can exacerbate the infection and lead to secondary bacterial infection in the hair follicles that may cause a fever to develop and require antibiotics to cure. Steroids can be used in combination with antifungal medications to cure a ringworm infection, but it may be more costly than using other treatments.
#3 Ringworm Shampoos
Shampoos designed to treat ringworm infections contain selenium sulphide or ketocanozole (Nizoral), which is very helpful in preventing the transmission of the disease to others. They are particularly helpful in reducing the time is takes to recover from painful scalp swelling called kerion. However, shampoos don’t cure the infection and work only for ringworm of the scalp. Hair may fall out from the affected areas but they eventually grow back. On a related note, getting short haircuts doesn’t affect the recovery rate.
Home Remedies for Treating Ringworm
Typically associated with getting stains out of white clothes, bleach is recommended as a home cure for skin and nail fungal infections. It is effective at quickly killing the fungus. In fact, people see results within a day or two.
The problem is that bleach is a chemical agent that is not meant to be used on skin, nails, or hair. Not only does it burn when applied to skin, it can cause scarring.
#2 Tea Tree Oil
It has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments including colds, wounds and skin problems. The oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties that work together to fight off common infections like ringworm.
After diagnosis, the oil should be applied to the affected area twice per day until the rash goes away. It can take two weeks or more to see results. Though it comes from a natural source, tea tree oil should not be ingested. You should also avoid using it, or use it sparingly as a treatment for ringworm, if you are pregnant or nursing.
This herb has antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that eradicate fungal skin infections. To use, apply the juice of half a clove to the affected area twice per day, let dry and then cover lightly with a bandage. It can also be used on infected pets and domesticated animals like sheep, cows, horses etc. While effective, it burns and can take a long time to heal active lesions.
#4 Nail Polish Remover / Nail Lacquer
This option is for nail fungal infections. The fungus causes nails to change color and tiny white or yellow spots might appear. In time, nails might thicken, become flaky and even crumble.
Nail polish remover is a synthetic solvent typically used to remove nail paint. Like bleach, the solvent is effective at getting rid of fungal infections. At the same time, it is harsh on the skin and nails and may cause scarring.
You may be prescribed medicated nail lacquer like amorolfine or antifungal tablets which tend to work better than nail paint. However you need to use them for at least year before you’ll see results.
Note: Although diaper rashes and yeast infections are also caused by dermophytes, don’t use medications designed for those conditions on ringworm infections. They are not as effective on this type of skin disease.
Phytozine has a significantly high cure rate when compared to other treatment options. If the infection becomes treatment resistant or you experience slow results, things usually improve if you use the treatment for a longer period of time.
Self-Care Tips to Prevent Spreading:
Being highly contagious ringworm can spread to other parts of body or to other people. Transmission is more common in humid climates. Maintain personal hygiene by frequently washing your hands and try to keep the skin clean and dry most of the time. In order to prevent transmitting it to others you should avoid:
- Direct skin to skin contact with red sores (avoid hugging, use condoms during sex)
- Sharing clothing
- Borrowing contaminated hair brushes, combs or other objects from your family members
- Using public shower, pools or sports equipment in the gym
- Using unwashed bedding
- Playing contact sports such as wrestling
- Touching animals with bald spots