What Is Ringworm

Last Updated on January 5, 2021 by Neil Mackengie

Ringworm is a very common disease of the skin. The medical name for it is “tinea”, and it is caused by a fungus infection. You usually see ringworm on the arms and legs. The most common form of it is one, or several, raised round soles on the skin.  They seem to heal in the center while the edges continue to grow outward. Sometimes the healed center part becomes reinfected, and then a second “ring” develops and grows inside the original ring. In some cases of ringworm, the center does not heal at all.

What Is Ringworm

A ringworm sore starts as a small, slightly raised area with a reddish color. Then it gets redder and there may be some blisters and a slight itching or burning sensation. Another common type of ringworm is ringworm of the scalp. This is a very contagious form and children seem to catch it very easily.

It is very difficult to destroy the fungi that cause ringworm, so treat- ment of the patient usually consists of trying to prevent the infection from spreading, until it eventually ends.

Ringworm is a highly contagious disease, and it can be spread by animals as well as human beings. Objects that are handled by people with ringworm can infect other individuals.

The best way to treat it is to catch this disease in its first stages. Go to a doctor for treatment. He will see to it that it does not spread to other parts of the body and help you to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

What Does Ringworm Look Like?

 Red, silver or darker than surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone.

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