Ringworm is a skin disease that occurs as a result of a fungal infection. The skin appears to have small and circular patches of redness and usually this occurs on the top of the head or the feet. Technically, athlete’s foot is a form of ringworm, making it relatively common.
If you’re not sure about a current skin problem you have, and you’d like to know if you might have ringworm, take a look at these 10 most common symptoms and early warning signs. Don’t worry too much if you think you might have the condition. These days, doctors have lots of methods for treating this condition so that its effects are minimized and ultimately stopped.
Be aware that there are lots of different kinds of ringworm, too, so you’ll find some of the most common symptoms for the condition depending on the area of the body that it has affected.
Around the face and neck
1. Itchy and swollen rash rings
Ringworm is especially common around the neck and face, and in many cases it will appear as a ring-like rash that occurs in larghe patches across the skin. The ring will look irritated and sore but the skin in the middle will look largely healthy and unaffected. This is where the name ‘ringworm’ comes from, and it is commonly found on the skin around the neck, face and shoulders.
These rash rings will be itchy and the surrounding skin will often become swollen, giving you a relatively definitive sign that you have ringworm. Though, be aware that the rash doesn’t always occur in rings.
The rings may also multiply relatively quickly, get larger and even merge with other rings as time goes by. They will feel a little raised compared to the rest of your skin.
2. Dry skin, facial hair falling out
If you’re a man with stubble or a beard, you may notice that some of your facial hair begins to fall out. If the ringworm rash only affects an area covered by hair, it might be more difficult to notice, though you will of course experience itching around the facial area.
If it’s still not obvious that you have a ringworm rash beneath the skin, you might find that your hair begins to fall out in patches, either by themselves or when you groom your beard.