Red mildew circle skin ringworm infection

On the human skin there are always on average about eight million bacteria per square inch present. It sounds very much, but many of those 184 different kinds of bacteria we simply need to keep on functioning and to prevent mildew occurring. If the acidity of the skin gets unbalanced due to less resistance it can cause a ringworm infection. What is it, what does it look like and what can you do about it? 


Where does the name originate from?

If the skin is infected with a mold it reacts by getting red. Because the skin will recover itself naturally it means that the fungus can online remain on that skin a short period of time. This means it can be a red circle which will grow but the inner part will restore. Without treatment it will continue to infect the rest of the skin until it has occurred on every bodily part. It looks like it goes around like a worm, hence the name ringworm. The outer edge forms the moving mildew and shows like a sharp red border with the not yet infected skin. It flakes and itches a lot with a burning sensation. The person has the needs to keep on scratching due to which the condition can worsen and others can be infected. 


Difference with Lyme disease

There is another disease which shows a red skin circle. The kin also turns red after which it seems to recover, but another ring can repeat after that. In the middle there might be a small red bite visible. In that case it isn't ringworm but most likely a tick bite. This can inflict Lyme disease resulting in long lasting discomfort and potentially can become a life threatening situation. It is imperative that you find medical assistance immediately.


What causes it and how is it formed?

Fungi can remain in any place and are resistant for water and high temperatures. This makes that it can stay on or in the body for the long-term is the person is infected. Primarily it is caused by the Trichophyton rubrum or tonsurans mildew but also other molds can give the same result. As we sometimes wander of on our bare feet it can also infect these zones. It translates into athlete's foot, circulation to the nail, a red circle on the instep, but also head crusts. Many times it gets the attention as it forms on the limbs or on a part of the torso. The mildew normally is transferred between people at crowded places such as a gym, school and childcare, shower and so on. It means that anyone can get this condition to the skin.


Degree of contagious

Although anyone can get it, it mainly occurs with people who have lower resistance. Also the acidity of the skin has a part in it, probably caused by using soap usage. People who are sick, diabetics or are being treated have higher risk of getting it. Once the skin is infected it can be transferred to others. Think about other family members. Washing regularly tends to reduce the probability of infecting others. 


Anti-mildew creme

Having it on your skin can be treated with a normal anti-fungal or anti-mildew creme. You can get it at the local drugstore and you don’t need any special prescription. Put it on the infected skin area so you prevent it for growing further. Normally it will have receded completely within two weeks. You can also reduce the acidity by administering an acid-solution. Combining these two together the condition will in many cases disappear. If this doesn't help you might need heavier medication consisting of anti-mycoses. Be advised you your general practitioner.   


If the red stain hasn't receded it might be some kind of other circle. If you have been to the forest it can mean a tick’s bite. If you have feverish conditions you should get proper medical help.