"Ringworm, also known as Tinea, is a contagious fungus that can affect nearly any part of your body. Just about anywhere is susceptible, your torso, scalp, groin, or feet. It thrives in warm humid, moist areas of your body, and so it can be difficult to get rapid relief."
You can get a Tinea infection from other people or even from your pets, cats are a frequent carrier.
You can catch the fungus from using another persons hairbrush or comb, borrowing unwashed clothes, or even from a trip to the gym or hospital.
Wherever a public shower, pool, or bathroom surface hasn't been cleaned and disinfected the fungus can develop and spread..
The infection, if left untreated may go away on it's own, or may progress into a bacterial infection. Or it may spread to other areas of your body. Areas where you sweat or that remain damp from sweat are the most commonly affected areas of your body. MedlinePlus recommends the following tips to prevent ringworm
To use tea tree oil to treat ringworm or jock itch, you can use a few drops of tea tree oil in a handful of water as a rinse after you have thoroughly cleaned the area with soap and water, or you might consider adding tea tree oil to your favorite liquid soap. Of course, there are also soaps available that already contain tea tree oil.
You can boost your immune system nutritionally with herbal supplements likeYeast Fungal Detox Some herbs and supplements have proven beneficial in aiding your body as it fights off infections and disease.
Additionally, some skin infections and irritations can look similar to ringworm, for instance, eczema, contact dermatitis, and pruritus. Head off to the doctor if you don't find quick relief, a qualified professional should be the one to diagnose your condition.
Take a look at too at the possibility of pellagra. Pellagra can manifest itself as a skin condition that looks like contact dermatitis or ringworm at times. It's caused by a niacin deficiency, (Vitamin B3) and it can be a deadly serious condition, so don't wait to see a doctor if you think it may be something other than a common fungal infection.
My personal opinion is that pellagra may be seen more frequently because of the increasing amounts of processed foods people eat on a daily basis. These foods often have little nutritional value. Also, folks who have undergone physical trauma, are under increased stress, people who have had extended illnesses and fevers, or who drink alcoholic beverages excessively may be at a higher risk.
Other factors that contribute to skin conditions may be associated with intestinal and bowel problems.