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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ring Worm

What is ring worm? Well to make it an easy definition it is a Fungus. Yes the ring appears as worm looking shape but it is fungal. A form of Tinea that can appear on Head ,Groin , and Foot area.


Ringworm can be found in children but can infect anyone .

The rings can be itch and scaly ..Quite nasty ..

What causes Ring worm ?

It generally passes on through soil/ animals and other people. The fungus spreads through lesion or cut in the skin. The fungus does thrive in wet /damp conditions . Yucky it may seem so avoid sharing unwashed clothes / swimming pool areas / brushes combs and I would say possibly the shower floors need to be cleaned with Bleach . Oh boy !!. You can infect your pet and vice versa .

Ensure you dry hands properly

Do not share towels

Dry in between toes

Wash hands after you have touched your pet

Incubation period is around 10-12Days

Detection of ringworm

Your vet is the expert on ringworm .The vet will use

Lamp (ultraviolet)

Microscopic

Cultures

To analyse what is applicable to kill and cure your pet from the virus .If you are infected a trip to your doctor is required

Treatment

Get advice from your vet . The most common treatment is

Griseofulvin

It is an antifungal drug for your dog / cat

Or

Shampoos and Dips

These dips are lime sulphur based for your dog

Decontaminate the environment and ensure you bleach dogs kennel and cat bedding needs to be washed thoroughly

Your home needs to be vacuumed thoroughly and if possible steam cleaned as well

Hope this has been informative but always consult your vet . I have a range of products on my site

http://www.petdogshop.info/ both with treat cats and dogs

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