Ringworm does not always itch making the infection difficult to self-diagnose. When in question, especially if the infection has not responded to over the counter medicines and has persisted for longer than four weeks, check with your doctor who can normally diagnose and describe treatment for ringworm infections easily.
What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm, also called tinea, is not caused by a worm but rather a fungus that leaves a recognizable round patch of scaly skin. The same fungus that causes ringworm also causes a variety of other superficial skin infections such as jock itch and athlete’s foot. Tinea infections can also appear in your beard or hair.
How is it Spread?
Like other fungal infections, ringworm is highly contagious. Often, ringworm is carried by animals you come into contact with on a daily basis and cats are particularly well known for carrying and spreading the fungus.
What Else Should I Look For?
Although most ringworm has the defined look detailed above and is itchy, not all ringworm infections are the same. Sometimes, instead of the telltale ring, the ringworm may simply appear as a red or ashy region on the skin or, in the case of ringworm in the hair or on animals, it may appear as bald spots.
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