Typically ringworm is not a worm. It is a common skin infection. Mold like fungi is responsible for ringworm. These fungi usually live on the dead tissues of the skin. They can live on hair and nails as well. Your scalp can also be a place where this infection can cause. When this appears in between your toes, then you call it the athlete’s foot.
Sign and Symptoms
The main symptom is a scaly and red bump or patch with itching. Over the time that patch or bump turns into a circle-shaped or ring-shaped patch. You may have several rings or patches on a particular area of your skin. The ringworm on scalp starts as a bump. Your scalp may feel tender.
Causes and Risks
It is one of the most contagious skin diseases. Hence, you can get ringworm from another affected person. Pets can be a cause of having ringworms. The fungus that causes ringworm can be spread from surface, clothes, brushes, combs, and towels. When you touch any of these items, you can get that fungus on your skin, and it gets the infection. When you work or stand barefoot on soil that has this fungus, then you can have the infection on your skin as well.
Treatment and Management
The treatment depends on the place affected and the severity of the infection. Your doctor may recommend topical medicine along with some oral ones. Antifungal creams, powder or lotions work best on the ringworm at the primary stage.