Ringworm

Ringworm
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Ringworm can affect skin on your:

  • body  – tinea corporis
  • scalp – tinea capitis
  • groin area – tinea cruris, also called jock itch
  • feet  – tinea pedis, also called athlete’s foot
  • nail – Onychomycosis
Ringworm is contagious. It can be passed from one person to person. Or you may get it through contaminated items such as combs, unwashed clothing, and shower or pool surfaces.  
You can also catch ringworm from pets that carry the fungus. Cats are common carriers.  
The fungi that cause ringworm thrive in warm, moist areas. It is more likely when you have frequent wetness such as from sweating.  
Features of this disease are: Itchy, red, raised, scaly patches which are raised on the outer side around a normal looking skin.On scalp they form red itchy patches and may leave bald areas.

If nails are infected, they become discoloured, thick, and even crumble.

In groin area – Itchy, burning rash.

Feet have itching, burning and cracked skin between toes.

 
The disease may be cured by using over the counter antifungal preparations containing Miconazole or Clotrimazole.  
If this does not give relief one may need to see a doctor who may give other preparations like Ketokonazole. Antibiotics may be needed for secondary infection.Treatment of Onychomycosis is challenging because the infection is embedded within the nail. As nail is not a very vascular structure it is difficult for medication to reach. As a result, removal of the disease is very slow and may take a year or more.  
For prevention, keep your skin and feet clean and dry. Do not share clothing, towels, hairbrushes, combs, headgear, or other personal care items.  
 Skin Diseases
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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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