Ringworm is a medical condition that can be described as a fungal infection found on the skin. A person suffering from ringworm will have circular rashes in the middles. In some case, these rashes can also be itchy. Although this medical condition is called ringworm, there are no actual worms present. Once you read this full article, you will learn a lot more about this peculiar skin condition. Refer to the symptoms to determine whether the infection you have is ringworm or not because your health is important.
The medical name given to ringworm is Tinea. It is not life threatening as long as the scalp of the patient is not infected. Most children suffer from ringworm at one point or another in their childhood. Although, African American children seem to be at a higher risk of getting ringworm compared to kids from other ethnicities. There are different types of ringworm commonly seen. It is a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible to determine which kind you or your loved one is suffering from.
The commonly seen symptoms of ringworm include a scaly patch on the skin. This can be red in color and itchy as well. If the patch of skin is not treated, the affected area will grow into a slightly raised border and continue expanding outward. This gives it an appearance of a roughly circular ring. The ring is a bit irregular and looks similar to a worm’s wavy outline. The inner part of the ring is either scaly, clear or field with red bumps. In some extreme cases, the rings are also seen to overlap with one another.
Let’s take a look at the different types of ringworm identified till date:
· Tinea manus
This particular type of ringworm is often seen in the spots between fingers.
· Tinea capitis
This type of ringworm starts as small lumps on the scalp of the patient and continues growing till it forms a circular pattern.
· Tinea pedis
This ringworm type is characterized by appearing in the space between the toes of the victim in some case it leads to scaling and thickening of the heels and soles as well.
· Tinea unguium
This type of ringworm causes the nails on the hands and toes to turn yellow in color and become thick and crumbly. It often gives an appearance of dirty nails and unhygienic habits.
· Tinea faciei
This type of ringworm causes scaly and red patches to spread all over the skin of the patient.
· Tinea cruris
This ringworm is characterized by a horrible reddish rash all over the groin area of the patient. The rash is often itchy and causes a lot of discomforts till treated.
In most cases, ringworm infection is brought on by mold like parasites that live on the outer layer of the skin. It often spreads from humans to one another through touch. This is why ringworm is said to be contagious and utmost care needs to be taken to make sure that the victim does not spread the fungal infection to others in their close vicinity.