Many people believe that ringworm is a condition that is caused by an invasion of microscopic parasites that invade the skin and attack it from within. In reality, this is not the case at all. In fact, ringworm isn’t caused by parasites at all. It is actually an infection of the skin that is caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi. This fungus causes a raised, red, circular-shaped rash to appear on the skin. The rash can be exceptionally itchy.
Though the name is misleading, that still doesn’t mean ringworm is something that should be dismissed. It is highly contagious and can be spread to other people via direct skin-to-skin contact, by touching objects that have been contaminated with the fungi that cause ringworm, or by making contact with animals that are infected, including dogs and cats.
Ringworm can affect different parts of the body, and each part that is affected is referred to by a different name. For example, ringworm that affects the feet is known as athlete’s foot, and ringworm that affects the groin is known as jock itch.
Those who practice poor hygiene are more prone to developing ringworm. Also, allowing your skin to stay wet for a prolonged period of time, or having injuries to the skin, could also lead to ringworm. In other words, anyone can contract this condition.
Wondering if you have ringworm? Here’s a look at 15 of the most common signs.
1. Blister-like lesions.
One of the most common symptoms of ringworm is the appearance of blister-like lesions on the skin. Though the rash does often appear in the shape of a ring, this is not always the case. Many people develop blisters or lesions on the affected area. They may range in size from small to large, and can actually be confused for acne. These blisters are usually uncomfortable, though they can become downright painful. They can also ooze.