Ringworm (tinea) is a fungal infection of the skin that has no relation with worms. It can appear on any part of the body; however, children are more vulnerable to this skin disease. It gets its name from a circular red ring rash. In most cases, the circle is typically red and small. There’s also a risk of minor burning and itching right before the ringworm starts to surface.
There are various types of ringworm. Also, each type of ringworm has its own unique symptoms. It is also worth mentioning that symptoms depend on the variability and part of the body where the fungus starts to grow.
For instance, the shape and length of the ringworm on the stomach might look completely different from the ringworm on the scalp. So, to understand the severity of each symptom, you must keep in mind what type of ringworm you have on the body.
You shouldn’t be embarrassed if you have ringworm. Do not hesitate to call your doctor immediately if you’ve been facing one or more of the following symptoms.
Almost in all types of ringworm, the major symptom is the dryness around the affected area of the body. This is because the circular rash drains most of the moisture required to keep the fungus growing. And once the dryness settles in, itching in the affected area of the rash starts to increase.
Also, it goes without saying that scratching the itch might temporarily give you some relief, but it has serious long-term effects on not just the rash itself but your overall skin as well. So, don’t scratch the itch.
The skin around your rash may become thick and yellowish, if the ringworm has not been treated for a brief or long period of time.