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What is Ringworm (Hair), How is it Treated?


August 22, 2022

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What is Ringworm?

Ringworm or alopecia areata with its medical name is a disease that occurs when a person’s hair or other hairs such as eyebrows, eyelashes and beards are shed in a short period of time. When it is on the scalp, its round or oval shape is manifested by bald areas that can be easily seen from the outside. After a while, hair grows again in the balding parts or new lesions develop. Ringworm usually occurs in young people. 70 out of every 100 affected people are under 40. It is more common in men than in women. There is no clear answer to the question of how long the ringworm lasts. his usually varies from person to person. You may experience 1 to 6 months.

Causes of Ringworm ?

What is ringworm treatment and how to do it must be learned before the ringworm. The cause of ringworm disease is not known exactly despite research. But it is thought to be of autoimmune origin. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body recognizes its own cells and tissues as foreign. As a result, the immune system attacks its own cells. In the ringworm, immune cells attack the hair follicle and prevent hair growth and lead to hair loss.

Studies have shown that ringworm is related to genetic factors. In a child with a ringworm, the condition is 3 to 6 times higher than in a normal person. Nevertheless, some diseases may occur with ringworm;

  • Eczema
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic Allergic Asthma
  • Hay fever
  • Vitiligo
  • Lupus

How is ringworm treated?

Ringworm treatment is planned by those skilled in the skin disease. The goal of treatment is to stop further progression of the disease and to minimize symptoms. Mild and early stage cases may spontaneously resume without any treatment.

Steroid medications are used in the treatment if there are severe symptoms or if the patient has advanced symptoms. Steroids are first applied in the form of cream. In later stages, it depends on the patient’s condition and is applied to the scalp with an injector. Applications around the eyes are very risky due to eye health and require much attention. Apart from ringworm steroid medication, it is treated with different methods called immunotherapy.

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