Ringworm is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of infections. If you’ve been in close contact with anyone who has picked up ringworm or you’ve been near anything it might have infected such as soil that contains it, you might have contracted ringworm yourself – and your symptoms will start to show a few days to weeks after exposure to ringworm.
It’s nothing to be worried about. Ringworm isn’t as toxic as many other types of infections and conditions that you could contract, but having ringworm could still be very dangerous to your health and lead to a lot of different health issues.
If you suspect that you might have ringworm, it’s important to do something about it as soon as you can. Luckily, there are many easy-to-follow home treatments that have been proven to work – and can get rid of ringworm in no time without the use of harmful chemicals.
1. Watch for Signs and Symptoms
The first thing you should do is to keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms of ringworm. Sometimes the very beginnings of a ringworm infection somewhere in the body can resemble that of a rash, allergy or eczema – but ringworm is called this because it won’t make a typical rash, but instead appear as a round “ring” on the skin.
This is the one sign that’s characteristic of getting ringworm. If you see this, you can be more or less 99% sure that this is what you’ve picked up – and the first thing you should do is to check everyone you have been in close contact with for the same signs.
The area targeted by the ringworm is likely to be persistently itchy and red from the start of the infection, with the itching being worse during nighttime or when agitated by clothing.
Once you’ve established that you have ringworm, you can start to find ways to treat it.