Ringworm Is A Contagious Skin Infection That Can Affect Dogs, Humans And Other Animals

Ringworm is a skin infection caused by fungus in the environment. This contagious skin disease can affect dogs, humans, and other animals. Signs of ringworm include scaly, red, itchy skin lesions. Most cases respond well to medical treatment and environmental decontamination :max_bytes(150000):strip_icc()/what-is-ringworm-3384816-FINAL-b1f08de4eba646ed9594af04aabc0261. (image) Ringworm lesions typically look like patchy areas of hair loss and scaliness. Lesions usually develop on the dog's head, ears, paws, and limbs.

An illustration of signs of ringworm in dogs

Ringworm on the paws can cause the nail to become weak and break easily. Dermatophytes are often found in soil, surfaces, objects, and animals. Animals and humans come into contact with them regularly. The fungi do not affect healthy skin. The mildly irritable skin is easily infected by dermatophytes. This includes skin that has been recently shave, scraped, scratched, or otherwise inflamed.

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The vet may use a tool called a Wood's light to look for ringworm lesions. A fungal culture is one of the best ways to diagnose ringworm. Complicated ringworm infections resolve on their own in an immun-competent animal. Treatment can shorten the course of the disease and prevent it from spreading. Without treatment or environmental cleansing, ringworm may continue to recur. Potential side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Disinfection should be done with bleach wherever possible. Steam cleaning can clean up carpeting, rugs and upholstery . Ringworm responds well to rigorous, persistent treatment. Clean and dry your dog's bedding and toys. Don't allow dogs with skin conditions or open wounds to play outside. Contact your doctor if your pet has Ringworm signs. Ringworms can easily be passed back and forth between household members of all species.

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Medical attention is necessary to prevent transmission. Always consult your veterinary doctor for health-related questions. . . .

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