In most cases, we can treat ringworm with over the counter topical anti fungal creams or sprays such as Micatin, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole, or Tolnaftate. While relief is often fast, treatment should be continued for the full treatment period to ensure eradication of the fungus. But however it’s better to take preventive measures than to go for a treatment.
Ringworm infection can be prevented by taking simple precautionary steps. Hygiene and cleanliness are two important points to remember if you want to avoid contracting ringworm. Incorporating these easy steps in normal routine will help in preventing ringworm infection.
- Keep your skin dry. After taking a bath or a swim, dry yourself thoroughly with a clean dry towel.
- After swimming, bathe with a good antimicrobial soap and shampoo your hair.
- Do not share personal belongings like towels, handkerchiefs, hairbrushes, combs, sandals etc.
- Wash towels with hot water as they are usually carriers for fungi.
- Wash and disinfect all equipment used while swimming or exercising in a gym each and every time.
- Avoid walking barefoot in swimming pools, lockers and gymnasiums. There are special rubber sandals you can wear at such places.
- Avoid touching animals that appear to have bald patches and skin infections.
- Wear loose fitting and cotton clothes, especially under garments, that allow the skin to breathe.
- Use a good antibacterial or an antifungal soap regularly to remain free from microbes. Soaps with herbal ingredients like tree tea oil are good for fighting infections.
Lead Healthy Ringworm Free Life
Maintaining good physical hygiene is the key to remain free from fungus infections. Ringworm though easily treatable is better still avoided. All it takes is to make cleanliness a part of your daily routine.