Ringworm is a common fungal skin infection that can cause a variety of symptoms that normally make the condition easy to identify; ringworm is rarely a serious condition and can usually be treated with over-the-counter medication.
Ringworm typically causes a rash on the skin that looks like a ring of reddish bumps with a center that looks normal; in some cases, several rings may overlap or be located on different parts of the body.
Ringworm tends to cause irritation at the site of the rashes, which can lead to severe itching and flakiness; scratching the rashes can make symptoms worse.
Ringworm thrives in moist environments and can spread through skin-to-skin contact or by touching things that have been touched recently by skin infected with ringworm. People involved in sports such as wrestling and martial arts tend to be at a high risk of getting ringworm.
Ringworm can often be treated successfully with anti-fungal products such as Lamasil. In more severe cases, prescription topical products or pills can be used to treat ringworm.
If ringworm occurs near the eyes or spreads under the skin, infection that can cause serious illness can result.