The most basic information about Ringworm


What is Ringworm?

Ringworm or Ortinea Corporis, is a common fungal infection of the skin. You will find a red, elevated, rapidly growing, ring-like sore on the skin if you have this skin problem.


It is caused by dermatophytes which are microscopic organisms living on the dead outer layer of skin. Injury areas are regularly found on the trunk, legs, arms, neck and face. Skin medications may clear Ringworm in two to four weeks.

Not only humans but also animals are affected by Ringworm infection. The disease is called Ringworm but not because it is caused by worms. Human dermatophytes, which are transmitted by direct contact with other human Ringworm sores, cause most the superficial skin infections. One can also acquire Ringworm from the soil or through exposure to animals (commonly the household pet). Ringworm can affect the nails and scalp, not only the skin.

Who can get Ringworm?

Even though it is more common among children and those who have pet cats, anyone can be infected with this infection. If you have fungi whilst you are wet or any minor skin injuries or abrasions, you seems to be easier to develop this skin infection. You can also infected with the disease as sharing personal items that may not be clean, including hairbrushes or unwashed clothing. In case of Ringworm of the feet, it occurs since you are often barefoot.

ringworm (2)This skin condition is more common among children and can appear on any part of a body. Ringworm of the scalp can spread from child to child when they share hats, combs or brushes. Ringworm of the body can be developed due to towels, clothing or sports equipment.

What are the symptoms of the infection?

As you can get Ringworm anywhere in your body, its symptoms are also various. Commonly, the center of the ring may be clear and the sore may contain scales, crust, or fluid-filled areas. Each lesion is less than 5 cm across and presents as one or in groups. They may generally include:

– red, itchy, scaly, or raised patches,

– patches that develop blisters or begin to exude,

– patches that may be redder on the outside edges or similar to a ring,

– patches with edges that are defined and raised.

Specifically, on the body:ringworm (3)

– red-ringed patch of small blisters or scaly skin,

– severe itching, sometimes.

In nails:

– patches that may be thicker or discolored,

– nails that begin to crack,

– not too common before puberty.

On the scalp:

– dry, brittle hair or hair loss in patches,

– severe itching,

– red-ringed patch of small blisters or scaly skin,

– bald patches that may spread into multiple spots.

In beard:

– scaly, itchy, red spots on the cheeks, chin and upper neck,

– hair loss, may be.

On feet:

– red, swollen, peeling, itchy skin between toes or on the soles of the feet, sometimes,

– blisters on the skin, may be.

If you’re experiencing harsh fungal infection that is not responding to over-the-counter treatments or treatment at home, your doctor may prescribe antifungal pills to clear up the infection. Several people positively respond to cure.



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