Contrary the name, ringworm is not actually a worm. Ringworm is a form of a skin infection that is caused by a fungus. Ringworm may appear on various parts of the body. However, the most common places are your arms, legs or the trunk of your body. Other forms of ringworm infections are known as athlete's foot, scalp ringworm and tinea barbae. Anti-fungal creams are generally used to treat this condition. Salt water may be used to heal the skin.
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Saltwater has a variety of health uses, such as a throat gargle and eye-wash. Additionally, saltwater is an astringent that may speed up the healing of wounds when soaking in a warm saltwater bath.
Causes of Ringworm
Ringworm is caused by bacteria and fungi that are found in the body. Ringworm occurs when microorganisms become parasites on your body. They are contagious and may be spread from person to person, animal to person, soil to human and object to human. According to MedlinePlus, ringworms are a common skin disorder that affects people of all ages. However, they are more common among children.
Symptoms of Ringworm
Ringworm will appear as rash in the shape of a circle that may be red, inflamed and look normal in the center. Some ringworm will look like a round flat spot of red itchy skin. According to Kids Health, not everyone with this condition will develop the rings.
Treatment With Saltwater
Soaking in a saltwater bath for ringworm will disinfect the affected area while drying up the patch. When using saltwater for ringworms, simply add 1 to 2 cups of salt to a bathtub of warm water. If you are treating ringworm on your hand, arm, leg or foot, simply soak the affected area in tub of warm water using ¼ cup of salt. Soak for a maximum of 30 minutes as too much salt may cause itchy, dry skin.
Prevention of ringworm is difficult as it is a common fungus and highly contagious. Keeping common areas clean by disinfecting frequently and avoid the sharing of clothes, hair brushes and combs and other personal items may reduce the risk of infection. If you are infected with a type of ringworm, avoid close contact with others. As with any skin or health condition, always consult with a qualified physician prior to self-treating.