Ringworm Symptoms?
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Ringworm Symptoms

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 the sufferer.

Ringworm affect 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 identified.

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 skin.

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 fingers.

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.

Ringworm infection 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 place.