Ringworm is a fungal infection that often results from tiny organisms living on the outer layer of the skin (or dermatophytes). In the early years, the infection was believed to be caused by a worm hence the name “ringworm”. Actually, there’s no warm involved. Even so, the name “ringworm” remains.
Generally, the infected area of the skin tends to spread outwards and typically develops into red, rounded patch. The outer edge of the patch is usually more inflamed, redder, and scaly compared to its center which is often paler. Basically, it assumes the shape of a ring which becomes gradually bigger. Depending on where you got the infection from, only one patch of the infection may be noticed or several patches may be seen over your body. What’s more, the patch may be mildly irritating or very itchy—depending on the fungus that caused the infection.
Precisely, ringworm symptoms vary depending on the part of the body that’s infected. For instance, you may experience the following when it is a skin infection:
Red, scaly, itchy patches
Patches may develop blisters or ooze
Patches with raised or defined edges
Patches that are redder on the outside and may resemble a ring