Risk Factors for Developing Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection caused by fungal agents. The ringworm infection is more common in pets, but the infection is zoonotic and may also be found in humans. The infection will cause circular skin lesions, hair loss and may also affect the health of nails. The infection may also facilitate the occurrence of secondary infections. There are several risk factors that should be known to avoid this type of infection.

Avoid Contact with Animal Skin

The ringworm is a fungal infection that is easily transmitted from pets to humans and the fungi can be transmitted through direct contact. You should wear gloves when dealing with a pet that has such an infection. The infection will be signaled through circular hair loss patches and itchiness.

Avoid Contact with Infected Individuals

The fungi may also be transmitted through direct contact with people that carry the infectious agents. The symptoms of a ringworm infection include a small round rash. However, in some people, the symptoms may not be present.

Wash Your Hands

The ringworm fungi may also be present on infested soil, so make sure you always wash your hands after you touch soil or sand.

Avoid Tight Fitting Clothes

The fungi thrive in moist environments and if you wear tight fitting clothes that are made of artificial fibers, you will provide an ideal environment for the fungal cells to develop.

Don’t Share Personal Items

Avoid sharing your personal items with others:

  • Towels
  • Combs and hair brushes
  • Shoes or socks
  • Clothes
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