WHAT IS RINGWORM?
Ringworm is a common skin infection that is highly contagious with a fungal causative that occurs in small circular patches. This fungal infection affects the scalp and the feet majorly. A common sign of ringworm is a rash that has a raised & wavy border. Ringworm is not caused by worms but by a fungus.
On the skin, the ringworm rash appears in a ring-shaped pattern with a raised, scaly and wavy border, making the edge look like a worm.
Ringworm is common among individuals who have a previous history of athlete’s foot, jock itch, and scalp ringworm. It can appear on any part; however, on the rash that appears on the palms, scalp, soles, nails & groin do not come with the ring-shaped pattern. Also, ringworm that appears on the soles and groin are named differently. See the table below:
|Body Part||Name||Medical name|
|Feet (soles)||Athlete’s foot||Tinea pedis|
|Hands (palms)||Ringworm||Tinea manuum|
|Groin area||Jock itch||Tinea cruris|
|Nails||Nail infection||Tinea unguium or onychomycosis|
No matter the body part where ringworm appears, it is important that you treat it. If you don’t treat the ringworm, the ringworm rash is liable to grow slowly and cover a larger surface area of the skin. Other areas of the body can also get infected. Prompt treatment can help get rid of the fungus and stop the intense itching. Because of its contagious nature, you need to treat as soon as possible to prevent its spread to others.
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