The name ringworm may be worrying but in fact this fungal infection has nothing to do with worms. Ringworm takes its name from the red scaly rash or bumps that form a ring or series of rings on your skin – usually on your torso, arms and legs. Ringworm is a fungal infection of the top layer of your skin caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. Ringworm typically appears on hairless parts of your skin and your symptoms may vary depending how severe your infection is.
Common symptoms of ringworm are:
- Round patches of skin with a red raised edge and a clearer centre
- Scaly and itchy skin
- Very red and highly scaling at the edge of the rash (inflammation)
- Raised and blistered skin (this is a symptom of a more severe ringworm infection)
- Multiple rings (this is a symptom of a severe infection)
- Inflamed pus-filled sores (this is a symptom of a severe infection)
Did you know…
…ringworm is related to fungal nail infections, athlete’s foot and jock itch.