Ringworm is a common skin ailment that affects almost all ages. It’s more common in children. It’s caused by a fungal infection and derives its name from the ring-like or circular appearance of the infection on the skin. The fungus that causes the ring-shaped rash remains outside of your body at all times. There is no actual worm involved.
What are the symptoms of ringworm?
Skin lesions are the most widespread symptoms of ringworms. Skin is the most fragile and sensitive part of our body and protecting it is very important. On the skin, ringworm is typically identified by a red discoloration surrounding the normal skin color resulting in a ring-like effect. The red paatches are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may look like a ring. The patches tend to have sharply-defined edges.
Symptoms of the contagion will first and foremost depend on the site of infection itself. A common symptom of groin ringworm also known as “jock itch” produces an itchy red area spreading from the genitals outwards over the inside of the thigh. Other symptoms of ringworm include itchy, red scaly patches that may ooze and blister. Infected children tend to spread ringworm of the scalp. Brushes, combs, barrettes, hats, pillows, seat backs and bath towels can all spread the fungus. Ringworm will last for longer periods and remain infectious for an extended period of time if only minimal measures are taken.
The specific pattern of the infection may also depend with the infecting fungus. For example black dot ringworm causes infections within the hair shaft. The hair becomes extremely brittle and breaks off at the surface of the scalp. The remaining portion of the hair is left behind in the follicle, creating the “black dot” appearance. Patches of hair loss commonly result. Gray patch ringworm causes gray patch ringworm, the lesions start as small, red bumps around the hair shaft. Finally, inflammatory ringworm is caused by fungi from animals or soil commonly causing this inflammatory form of ringworm, which can look like areas containing small pustules or abscesses or kerion formations.
People tend to incorrectly assume that ringworm is caused by worms but it is not true at all. People most commonly get ringworm from other persons. On some occasions, people will pick up a case of ringworm from their pet. However, just because a pet has ringworm, it does not necessarily mean that the people who interact with the pet will develop the problem.
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