Ringworm in Humans Symptoms

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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.

Appearance

  • 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.

Irritation

  • 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.

Communication

  • 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.

Treatment

  • 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.

Complications

  • If ringworm occurs near the eyes or spreads under the skin, infection that can cause serious illness can result.

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