Ringworm Symptoms

Symptoms of ringworm, especially persistent and untreated, can be painful, uncomfortable and unsightly.

Ringworm symptoms vary, but here are the most common:

  • Itchy rash on the torso, chest, stomach, arms or legs
  • Distinctive red, ring-shaped rash
  • Red-colored skin rash
  • Circular sores that are dry, scaly or moist
  • Rash that has small bumps or blisters along the edges
  • Broken blisters, causing pain and swelling
  • Thick, dry or scaly skin on the palms of the hands
  • The infection can affect any part of your body. It is highly contagious and easily spread — especially if you scratch or pick at the infected area.

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Where Will I See It On My Body?

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Circular rashes may have blisters or sores along the edges with a clear spot in the middle.

Arms & Legs

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Rashes may form dry, itchy patches on the body.


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Thick, dry, scaly skin similar to athlete’s foot may appear on the hands.

Who is at Greater Risk for Getting Ringworm?

Anyone can get a ringworm infection, but some people are at higher risk. If you have an impaired immune system from diabetes or cancer, please work with your doctor to prevent reoccurring infections.

Athletes who participate in contact sports

Families & kids with pets or people who work with animals (Talk to your doctor for children’s treatment options)

Residents of warm, humid climates

People with impaired immune systems

Treat Ringworm Right Away!

The infection can spread to other parts of your body (like your groin or feet), causing additional discomfort and irritation.

Treat & Prevent
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