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Ringworm Humans: Sharing is caring… yeah, right!

Posted Apr 17 2010 5:22am


Introduction

One of the strangest habits of women who are normally far more cleaner than their male counterparts is the sharing of clothes even though it is washed before used again. Now some of you might not like me mentioning this, but although it might be cool to some to bond like soulmates (especially between sisters) do, there are some limits that should not be crossed, or atleast I feel shouldn't be crossed for the purpose of personal hygiene.

My apologies for coming across as a real prude here, however, I'm not used to sharing my stuff with anyone else nor do I encourage that kind of behavior when it comes people wanting to lend me anything to wear.

Call it whatever you like (nosharingclothes-o-phobia) but this habit makes my skin crawl, and I'm far from being a hypochondriac. Sorry, but that's the truth!

And if you disagree with me, a little reading on the causes of ringworm might just do the trick!

Ringworm, Causes and Symptoms

Also known as dermatophytosis, ringworm is a fungal infection that develops on human skin due to contact with contaminated items such sharing clothes, combs, towels, sheets, sports equipment [Ugh!] showers [gross] and pool surfaces (no swimming classes for me!) or even coming into contact with a person who already has the infection. From animals, a cat can also pass the infection on to you especially if you touch it on its bald spots.

Of course, this does not mean that there are any worms involved but this infection occurs due to the presence of skin fungi that thrive in warm and moist areas. And it's only a matter of time until you find itchy, red and scaly patches on your skin which is the first symptom of ringworm.

If it affects your beard or scalp, you will have bald patches and if the area of infection are your nails, then they become discolored, thick and even crumble.

Treatment

Right off the bat, three to four weeks of self care is required (and you would not have to see a doctor) where you have to keep your skin clean and dry. Secondly, apply over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, lotions, or creams that contain miconazole and clotrimazole and finally, remember to wash your nightclothes and sheets everyday when you are infected.

If this doesn't work, then a visit to the doctor is recommended where antifungal skin medication with ketoconazole or pills may be given that are much stronger than the powders, lotions or creams taken earlier. In some cases, antibiotics might also be prescribed.

And finally, if you did get infected by a pet, make sure that you treat the pet as well.

In Closing

I'm all for the 'sharing is caring' philosophy but when it comes to sharing stuff, this is just inviting trouble both materialistically as borrowers end up keepers. As for the health point of view, I'll gladly pass even though ringworm is only spread through unwashed clothes and of course with some folks who only bathe annually, the chances of getting ringworm is just as bad.

But whatever the case, I'll take individuality over that soul-mate like bonding any day!

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