Ring Worm Still Around

Back in the 40 and 50 there was a fairly common sight among school children: a small boy or girl, head shaved, trying to be invisible in a knit stocking cap.‚ And as is always the case with ¢‚¬Ëunmentionable¢‚¬„¢ topics, we ALL knew what had happened.‚ RINGWORM!‚ None of us really understood where it came from but were all familiar with parental warnings to never pick up a stray puppy or kitten.‚ Think the danger is gone?

Even as late as 1986 I can remember a case where someone adopted a stray kitten and soon everyone in that family was covered with those familiar little raised red rings on the skin.‚ Hands, arms and even the soft skin around their necks bore those trademark rings.

I know as a child I assumed there was a worm involved.‚ Not so.‚ Ringworm comes from a fungus called tinea, the same fungus that in other guises causes toenail fungus, skin fungus, athlete foot and jock itch.‚ ‚ According to medicinenet.com, ringworm is very common, especially among children, and may be spread by skin-to-skin contact, as well as via contact with contaminated items such as hairbrushes or through the use of the same toilet seat as an infected individual. Ringworm spreads readily, as those infected are contagious even before they show symptoms of the disease. Participants in contact sports such as wrestling have a risk of contracting the fungal infection through skin-to-skin contact.

Ringworm is mildly contagious. Ringworm is also a common infection in domestic animals, especially farm animals, dogs and cats and even small pets like hamsters or guinea pigs. Humans can contract ringworm from these animals as humans are in close contact with them. Chickens may also be a source, due to the dirty conditions in which many poultry live and in which ringworm may thrive. Ringworm can also be caught from other humans, both by direct contact and by prolonged contact with flakes of shed skin (from sharing clothes or from house dust, for instance).

To catch ringworm, you have to be exposed to it and you have to be susceptible. Some people are much more susceptible than others. Those with eczema or other skin problems get ringworm more easily because the protective barrier of the skin’s outer layer is less intact. Children are more susceptible before puberty. Some people are genetically predisposed, and can get it easily throughout life.

The best known sign of ringworm in people is the appearance of two or more red raised itchy patches with defined edges.‚ If the infected area involves the scalp or beard area, then bald patches may become evident. The affected area may become itchy for periods of time.

The people at Healing Leaf LLC have developed a product called Ring Worm Bullet‚®.‚ Ring Worm Bullet‚® is all natural, earth friendly and so safe you can use it on pets as well as people.‚ ‚ ‚ In 3-5 applications, ringworm will be defeated.‚ Healing Leaf LLC suggests applying at least once a day for a week to make certain the fungus is destroyed.

Beverly Vines-Haines is the Marketing, Research and Text Coordinator for Healing Leaf LLC.‚ This is a company that tackles the toughest skin and nail conditions known to man.‚ A best-selling author for years before she became a part of Healing Leaf LLC, she is dedicated to natural healing and creating pure products that are both safe and earth friendly. To learn more about these effective products, visit www.NoFungusAmongUs.com.


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