Ringworm is a fungus (tinea) infection of the skin. This is spread by person-to-person contact or by direct contact with infected surfaces, such as towels, shoes or shower stalls. This type of fungus is found almost everywhere. Ringworm can occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), the skin (tinea corporis), the groin skin (tinea cruris), the nails (tinea unguium), the feet (tinea pedis) and skin with beard (tinea barbae). It affects children and adults. It is more common in males than females.
Causes of Ringworm
Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection with one or more of 5 different fungi.
Signs and Symptoms of Ringworm
Ringworm produces lesions with the following varcharacteristics. On the scalp, the lesions cause patchy hair loss and scaling. On the body, lesions are red, circular, flat, scaling and have well-defined borders. Underneath the beard, the lesions cause an itchy, scaling rash. On the feet and in between the toes the skin appears macerated, with scaling, itching and occasionally blisters. When the nails are involved with ringworm, they appear thickened and yellow. The nail, itself, appears dull and there is often crusting at the free edge of the nail.
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