Tinea (ringworm) is a relatively benign superficial infectious disease. This infection can occur on the skin, hair and nails. An annular space is formed with a slightly thickened edge. It is often thought that Tinea has something to do with worms, but this is not true.
Ringworm is easy to recognize with the naked eye. If necessary, a sample can be taken of the hair, skin or nail. After dissolving the sample in a KOH solution, skin samples can often be viewed under a microscope. It is possible to determine the exact trigger. The sample is then sent to the laboratory for a fungal culture. However, a fungal culture is rarely necessary.
Most skin infections are light and respond well to anti-fungal cream treatment. The fungal infections of the scalp and nails are somewhat stubborn. The antifungal cream should usually be used for a number of weeks. After the symptoms have disappeared, you may want to continue treatment for a few days. When it comes to serious infections that do not respond to the usual treatment and scalp and nail infections, drugs are often prescribed in tablet form. In the case of nail disorders treatment lasts 3 to 6 months.
Prevention of Tinea infections
Tinea infections are transmitted not only from person to person but also from animal to human. Molds grow especially well where it is hot and humid. The best prevention is therefore good hygiene. It is important to keep the skin between the toes and skin folds dry and clean. Do not use bibs, wipes, combs or hairbrushes from other children. Try to prevent cuddling of pets with a fungal infection.
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