Hearing the word, not knowing what it is and without ringworm pictures, one might think that ringworm has something to do with worms. What it is has something to do with an infection caused by a group of diseases called tinea. There are several kinds of this infection depending on what body part is affected.
- Tinea corporis – the arms and legs and other parts of the body
- Tinea capitis – the scalp
- Tinea pedis – the feet; also known as athlete’s foot
- Tinea cruris – the groin area; also known as jock itch
The most distinguishing mark of this fungal infection is the ring-like appearance of the rashes with its center either the color of the skin or also red, depending on the severity of the infection. In case you suspect an infection starting on you on someone you know, see some ringworm pictures to help you determine what it really is. It is not supposed to be mistaken for something that appears similar like Lyme disease or other insect bites.
The spread of the infection can come quite easy as it is highly contagious. Getting in contact with anything or anyone contaminated with the fungi can catch it. Just like any kind of fungus or bacteria that thrive in warm, moist places, you can easily catch ringworm in public shower rooms such as those in gyms or dormitories.
The condition can also be spread by animals because of its zoonotic origin so don’t be surprised if you get it from your dog or your cat, the most easily affected animal. Other animals include horses, cows, pigs and goats.
Type, Description and Ringworm Pictures
- Tinea corporis – this type is generally characterized by a patch that is scaly, red and is very itchy. Itching may cause it to become sore and weep. The patch is bordered by defined edges that are raised, making it look like a ring.
- Tinea capitis – children are the most common victims of this type, especially those who attend school where the disease easily transfers from one to the next. The scalp would appear to have patchy, balding spots here and there.
- Tinea pedis – by its other name alone (athlete’s foot), it is apparent that the infection occurs in the feet, particularly between the toes where swelling and scaling would take place as shown on many ringworm pictures. The infection would be very itchy and gives a feeling of stinging sensation.
- Tinea cruris – when the weather is hot and humid, it is when this type (jock itch) hit men and adolescent boys the most more so for those who wear tight clothing. Sweat and germs combined could worsen the condition.
- Tinea manus – if there is a term for the infection occurring in the feet, the one on the hands is tinea manus or tinea manuum where the palm or the space between the fingers thickens – a condition called hyperkeratosis.
- Tinea unguium – the nails are not spared for they, too, are hit by the fungi. This infection, called onychomycosis, causes thickening and brittleness in the nails making them appear white and dense.
- Tinea barbae – in some ringworm pictures, the bearded part of the face may not clearly show the signs of this type of infection. Also called barber’s itch, this condition causes crusts and swelling resulting to strands of beard breaking and falling off.
- Tinea faciei – the ring shape typical of ringworm is not among the characteristics of this type but the scaly redness remains. The patches with vague edges appear outside the bearded part of the face.
Although there may be different types of ringworm, if promptly treated, they can be easy to get rid of. There are different topical preparations and oral medications that are effective against the condition.
With ringworm pictures as reference and its obvious characteristics, identifying ringworm is not that difficult. That said, prompt attention may be given so that it does not get any worse.