Ringworm is a
skin infection that is caused by a fungi agent called
Dermatophytes. It is called ringworm because of the ring-like
scaly patches that appears on the surface of the infected area.
Ringworm is also medically known as Tinea. Depending on the
part of body that is infected, ringworm can be mild or severe.
Nonetheless, it is extremely uncomfortable and inconvenient for
different parts of the body such as the scalp, body,
feet, groin and nails. The symptoms of ringworm vary from
different parts of the body. Body ringworm and foot
ringworm can be diagnosed using skin scrapings. As for
nail infection, it can be examined from nail clipping,
and scalp infection can be confirmed by using ultraviolet
light. However, even without sophisticated examination,
symptoms of ringworm can usually be easily
Ringworm on the
body usually has the symptom of ring-like red patches
that are scaly and itchy. The center of within the ring
will have the appearance and color of normal
The symptom of
scalp ringworm is characterized by scaly, itchy, round
patches of hair loss at the area of infection. In some
cases, the skin is crusted and bumpy. There may even be
inflamed skin patch if the condition is severe. The
symptoms of nail ringworm are brittle, thick and broken
nails. The nails can turn yellow and break off slightly
from the nail bed. In the case of nail ringworm, the toes
are more likely to be infected than the
One of the most
common types of ringworm is feet ringworm. This is also
called “athlete's foot”. Symptoms include cracking of the
toes, itching and flaking of the skin around the area.
Red scaly rash may also spread to the bottom of the feet.
Feet ringworm should be treated with care as it can cause
ulcers and sores on the feet.
around the groin area is also known as “jock itch”. The
infected area is reddish in color. There is also the
incredible itch around the genitals area all the way to
the insides of the thigh.
Ringworm is a
non-life threatening disease that can be treated quite
easily. However, it usually takes anywhere from 6-14
weeks to heal. It is therefore best to practice
precaution to prevent getting ringworm in the first