Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that is medically known as tinea corporis that develops on the skin surface. Even though it is called ringworm, this fungal infection isn’t caused by worms.The name of this infection comes from the ring like pattern that normally shows up on the affected person’s skin.
Men tend to catch this skin infection much more than women, while children are more commonly affected than adults. Ringworm can affect anybody at any age and is highly contagious as it can be transferred from one person to the next by sharing personal items like brushes, combs, or clothes.
This fungal skin infection can also be passed from one person to the next when a person gets in contact with the infected skin areas. You can easily develop ringworm if you come in contact with an infected locker room or pool surface. You can even develop this infection if you have an infected pet like a cat or dog that passes it on to you.
Some people will notice numerous areas on their body where the ringworm has developed. Ringworm is classified by the area on the body that is affected by the fungus. If you develop scalp ringworm it is known as tinea captis, groin ringworm also known as jock itch is tinea cruris, nail ringworm is onychomycosis, athlete foot is a form of ringworm and it is known as tinea pedis, ringworm on your body or skin is referred to as tinea corporis.