Ringworm is the common name for fungus and fungal infections that occupy the skin. The original name derives from a misconception that skin fungal infections were caused by worms. The name has stuck and generally is used to refer to various fungal infections of the skin.
There are many common ringworm symptoms for skin fungal infections. The most common sign is itchy red spots on your skin. In some cases they are circular but not always. Ringworm has been known to occur in various parts of the body:
- Ringworm of the scalp – known as tinea capitis
- Ringworm of the body – known as tinea corporis
- Ringworm of the feet – known as tinea pedis
If you have a patch of red, itchy skin that does not subside within a week or so, then there is a chance that you have a ringworm infection. You can contact your physician to verify. See our Treatments page for information about how to find the best ringworm treatment.