The medical name for ringworm is tinea corporis, a fungal infection that targets the skin. The people that experience this condition will notice a variety of symptoms depending on the type of ringworm they develop.
Ringworm of the feet is known as athletes foot (tinea pedis), ringworm of the groin area is known as jock itch (tinea cruris), ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis), ringworm of the nails also known as onychomycosis (tinea unguium).
Kids are much more vulnerable to catching ringworm and can easily pass it on to other kids. Adults can also become infected by the fungus known as dermatophytus that causes ringworm but not as easily as kids. Usually adults immune system is effective enough to stop the symptoms of ringworm developing.
Symptoms of Ringworm on Your Body
Ringworm symptoms of the body usually look like red rings that has a scaly white center, which gives it its name. The white scaly center can sometimes look like blisters that might ooze out pus.
When you have ringworm on the body you’ll also experience some intense itching around the area where the red ring shaped patch is located on your skin. Your skin will look scaly and inflamed around the edge of the ring as it continues to expand and grow bigger.
Symptoms of Ringworm on Your Scalp
Also known as tinea capitis, ringworm of the scalp create circular bald patches in your head that will continue to spread outward if not treated quickly enough. Bald patches is not the only symptom this type of ringworm can produce. Other symptoms include black dots where the hair has broken off just above the scalp.
Symptoms involves the fungal infection affecting the actual hair. Once the fungus gets into the hair shaft it will have a bad effect on the hair follicle and eat through your hair making it break off gradually. You may also experience blister looking bumps in your scalp that will cause itching and pain.
Symptoms of Ringworm on Your Feet
Also known as athletes foot or tinea pedis, ringworm on the feet has similar symptoms like tinea corporis and tinea capitis. Ringworm symptoms of the feet will display dry, red, inflamed, and flaky rashes in the spaces between your toes. The fungus will cause your feet to become cracked and swell until it looks like you have blisters on your feet.
Along with inflamed rashes between your toes and cracked skin on your feet you’ll notice an excessive itching and burning sensation on the top of your feet, on the bottom of the soles, side of the feet, and in between your toes.
You might also experience excessive dryness on the skin of your feet and on the bottom of your feet. Another common symptom of this form of ringworm is thick, discolored toenails that are pulling away from the nail bed.
Symptoms of Ringworm of The Groin
Also known as jock itch or tinea cruris, ringworm of the groin will cause symptoms such as red, brownish looking sores that may not have a ring shaped like the other types of ringworm. You’ll experience silvery and shiny lesions around your jock area.
If you wear any tight clothes or do any type of exercise you might make the symptoms worse than what they are. If you have symptoms of athlete’s foot you probably have jock itch as well. You might notice itchy, scaly rash around the inner thighs, buttocks, and skin folds when you are dealing with jock itch.
Symptoms of Ringworm of the Nails
Ringworm symptoms of fungal nail infection or onychomycosis include symptoms such as a whitish thickening of the nail or/and nail bed, thick nails, discolored nails that look yellow or green, the skin around the nails might start becoming irritated and sore, and damaged nails that become brittle and start falling off.