Ringworm is the common name for certain fungal infections that affect the skin. It is important to identify which form of fungal infection you have before figuring out which cure for ringworm you’ll need. The original name derives from a misconception that these fungal infections were caused by worms. The name has stuck and is now used to refer to various fungal infections of the skin.
- Ringworm of the Scalp. Symptoms will more than likely be one of the three: itchy, flaky spots on the scalp that resemble dandruff; an itchy, scaly, round patch of hair loss anywhere on the scalp; or black-dot ringworm, in which stubs of broken hairs form a dotted pattern on the scalp emerge. Ringworm of the scalp will often begin as a small pimple, which becomes larger in size, leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness.
- Barber’s Itch. Symptoms often include kerion (raised spongy legions) and crusted skin on bearded areas of the face and neck. This “ringworm of the beard” usually occurs on only one side of the face and is often irritated by shaving. It is important to never shave over the bumps while treating this condition so as to not open the raw areas and further prolong the treatment process.
- Ringworm of the Skin. This is the form of ringworm that is traditionally just called ringworm. The infection causes itchy, red, scaly, round patches with a raised border. Individual patches may be large or small and may occur alone or in groups of three to four. The unmistakable roundish shape is what is responsible for this infection being known as ringworm, despite worms having nothing to do with the condition.
- Jock Itch. Jock itch causes red, scaly patches that will itch or burn. Because of the sensitivity of the areas of the body where jock itch thrives, irritation and inflammation with this infection offer occur quite quickly. These patches usually are found on the groin area and upper thigh, but not on the penis or scrotum.
- Athlete’s Foot. Athlete’s foot will generally cause a form of either scaling, flaking, or itching of the affected area around a foot. Blisters and cracked skin will eventually occur, which will then lead to exposed raw skin, sensitivity and inflammation. Athlete’s Foot has it’s name from the warm environment that is essential to it’s development that is often the case with sweaty and unclean athletic shoes.
Although the five forms of fungal infections above are related to ringworm in one way or another, the treatment styles are not exactly the same for each affliction. Ringworm of the skin Athlete’s Foot can usually be treated any reputable cream of lotion that is a solid cure for ringworm. Scalp and Barber’s Itch will require a slightly different application style and Jock Itch treatments are mostly found in powder form.