Athletes usually experience ringworm, which is a fungal infection of the skin. This infection causes a red, itchy, scaly rash and it can be very painful. Ringworm is contagious and can be passed from an infected person to another person.
If you suspect ringworm infection on the surface of your body you need to get it treated as soon as possible. Below are 3 easy steps to get rid of ringworm naturally:
Besides treatment, adopt healthy hygiene practices to prevent ringworm such as: shower and shampoo well after any sport, don’t share personal items or linens and wear slippers in the locker rooms and public area. For any severe or recurring ringworm infection athletes should consult a medical representative.
Best way to deal with ringworm is to know what causes ringworm. Click on the video given below and know more about ringworm skin infections:
Did you know the three most common injuries among athletes are strains, breaks, and skin infections!
Combat athletes are constantly exposing their skin to warm environments, trauma, blood, sweat and even funky opponents. This is the nature of the sport. Unfortunately these conditions expose the athlete leaving them vulnerable to contagious fungal infections, particularly ringworm.
Cutaneous fungal infections (fungal infections of the hair nails or skin) are very common. According to research by The Fungal Research Trust in 2011.
Ringworm is a very common but less severe fungal skin infection. Ringworm is not really caused by a worm. That was a mistake by ancient physicians who thought the circular pattern was really a worm deep down in the tissue. Classified scientifically as Tinea Corporis the infection appears as ring shaped worm on all skin regions accept the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, nails, and groin.
Ringworm is contagious. You can get it two ways either directly or indirectly. Ways to get it directly is physical contact with the infection or infected person. Ringworm can itch so it’s more likely than not under the nails of the infected person. If you are a grappler, wrestler or anyone who engages in constant physical contact it can be transferred as easily as the touch of ones skin. You can also get it indirectly. That means contact with objects or surfaces that was previously touched by an infected person or pet, such as socks towels, shoes, hats, combs, brushes, bed linens, blankets, phones, gym mats, locker room floors, communal showers, swimming pools, saunas, football pads, hockey equipment etc.
Ringworm starts out as a very small red pimple. It’s imperative that you start to treat your skin at the first sign of an infection. The last thing you want to do is spread an infection to your training partners and your teammates. It’s important to have someone take a look at it like an athletic trainer or doctor right away.
If you have ringworm never step into a practice or competition until you are 100% healed otherwise an outbreak can occur. After you have been treated with an antifungal soap or medication the fungus can still be dormant in your skin waiting to spring back up so be sure to shower immediately after practice.
While you’re infected with ringworm you should wash all clothing, towels, bedding, kneepads, headgear, rash guards, and GI’s daily. Your gear can continue to get contaminated daily. If you don’t, it’s like contaminating yourself all over again.
Dermatophytes are the main culprit. A strain of mold fungi that live deep down in the tissue. They are responsible for the cause of ringworm. They are unique because they are able to use keratin as a source of energy and fuel. The cellular response to this is inflammatory allergic reaction creating red scaly round bumps. This is interesting because that limits their environment to grow only on the hair skin and nails. Dermatophytes can still survive for a long period of time on other surfaces like towels or couches or bed lining for some time before being picked up by a host again. Read more causes of Ringworm.
When we first get exposed we will never know it because it’s invisible to us but in few cases symptoms of ringworm do appear. Really, it’s up to our skins natural flora or healthy bacteria and immune system to decide to keep that infection imbalance or allow it grow out of balance creating the infection. It’s immune to antibacterial soaps and sanitizers because it is a fungus not bacteria. Actually antibacterial soaps and sanitizers probably do more harm then good.
Scalp Ringworm usually appears 10 to 14 days after contact, and Ringworm of the skin 4 to 10 days after contact. The time between exposure and symptoms is not known for the other types of Ringworm.
Anyone can get Ringworm. Scalp Ringworm often strikes young children; outbreaks have been recognized in schools, day-care centers, and infant nurseries. Scholastic athletes are at risk for ringworm of the scalp, ringworm of the body, and foot ringworm. There have been outbreaks among high school wrestling teams. Children with young pets are at increased risk for Ringworm of the body.
Ringworm can be treated with fungus-killing medicine. The medicine can be taken in tablet or liquid form or applied as a cream.
More and more athletes have discovered that essential oils can be very effective when used as an anti fungal soap or oil applied directly to the affected area.
Essential oil like tea tree and eucalyptus oils are known for their powerful anti fungal, anti microbial and antiviral properties.
Ringworm owes its name to the ring like formation that forms on the surface of the skin. The microbe causing this fungal infection feeds on keratin found in the skin, nails and hair. Hence, known as dermatophye and the infection dermatophytosis.
In nature, you will find a group of dermatophytes that cause different types of dermatophytosis. The different types derive their name from the body part they are found on such as Tinea barbae (on the beard), Tinea faciei (on the face), Tines pedis (on the foot) and so on. Other body parts that can receive infection include scalp, body, groin, hands and nails.
Almost every living soul on this planet is susceptible to ringworm. So how do you know if you have ringworm. Look for these symptoms: a rash which is red in color, itches often, sometimes raised and with clear defined edges. The center is often clear and unaffected.
Ringworm how do you get it?
Wondering what causes ringworm! Ringworm requires a favourable environment to grow and develop. If it finds one, it starts flourishing. When you throng places which are a natural home to these like gyms especially the locker rooms, you expose yourself to these contagious microbes. One can also get it from an infected item that comes in contact with the infected person like gym equipments, towels and many more.
Talking about the treatment options, two oils – tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have been found to possess the ability to help patients to not just prevent but cure ringworm. These oils have anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
If it doesn’t get treated in time, there is probably no cure. As a matter of fact, ringworm infection seems to be causing nuisance worldwide and this is on the rise. Prevention, if not taken or timely cure is the best way possible to combat the ringworm infection.