What is Ringworm?

The common name, ringworm, is somewhat misleading since the disease itself isn’t caused by a worm, but rather by one of the many kinds of fungi. Medically referred to as dermatophytosis, a fungal infection of the skin. Typical ringworm symptoms are a ‘single or several ring’ like, red or silvery patches of skin, which may usually be scaly and restless. This ring, if left untreated, will spread outward making a cluster.

Where and how does one catch it?

In most cases, ringworm is found on the skin. It can be passed on from person to person via touching, sharing towels, bed sheets, clothing, etc. Sometimes it also effects the nails and the scalp. Ringworm being found on the scalp is more likely in children and young adults/teenagers and is considered uncommon in adults. It’s thought to be due to the normal skin oil, sebum, increasing on the scalp following puberty and possesses properties that are immune to fungi.

Ringworm Symptoms

– ring-like red scaly
– itchy
– rash on your skin.

In more severe cases, the following symptoms can be identified. Rings may multiply and grow in size, and rings can merge together. The rings feel slightly raised to the touch and the skin under the rash may be itchy.

If ringworm symptoms are caught early they can be easily treated with over the counter medication.