The two are somewhat similar but have one major difference. Both infection types are fungal and at their root are fungi, not the bacteria or viruses that cause other infections. Ringworm is part of a larger group of fungal agents call dermatophytes. Generally speaking, a dermatophyte is simply a type of fungi that can cause skin, hair, or nail infections. Whereas candida is a yeast which has fungi that can cause infections on many areas of the body.
Yeast infections, commonly caused by a group of fungi from the species Candida, can also affect many body parts. These organisms can cause infections when there is overgrowth. These infections can occur at many sites, including:
- The vagina
- The mouth (often called oral thrush)
- Skin, especially under skin folds such as under the breasts
- Nail beds (nail fungus)
- Warm moist areas, such as the underarms
Women with a vaginal yeast infection often report a white, cheesy discharge. In the mouth, the infection shows up as thick, white lacy patches on the tongue. On the skin, the infections are often a red, flat rash with scalloped edges. There are ”satellite” lesions nearby and often small pustules may emerge. Men also can be affected with yeast infections in the scrotum which often shows up as small bumps and around the private areas and will eventually begin to either itch or sting slightly.