Ringworm Symptoms

Ringworm symptoms — especially if persistent and left untreated — can be painful, uncomfortable and unsightly.

Here's what you need to know about ringworm symptoms:

  • Red or silvery scaly skin on the torso, chest, stomach, arms, or legs.
  • Distinctive ring-shaped 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.
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Ringworm Pictures — Signs of Ringworm

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Torso

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Circular rashes that 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.

Hands

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

What Are the Signs of Ringworm

 

Ringworm symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include the following:

Ringworm gets its name from the distinctive ring-shaped or circular rash that appears with the fungal infection. The infection can affect any part of your body. It is highly contagious and spreads easily — especially if you scratch or pick at the infected area.

Itchy, scaly rash — Ringworm commonly starts with a small red or silvery patch of skin that may be scaly, inflamed and itchy.

Ring-shaped, circular rash — As the rash expands outwards on the body, it forms a roughly circular shape. In some people, it may appear as several rings that overlap.

Raised bumps — The rash typically develops a raised border of small bumps or blisters along the edges.

Change in skin colour — The middle of the rash may become less red as the rash spreads outwards.

Blisters — If left untreated, the rash may develop blisters that begin to ooze.

Bald patches — Ringworm on the scalp (tinea capitis) may show as a scaly, itchy bald patch without the ring-shape. As it grows in size, more hair loss occurs. This is more common in children than in adults.

By scratching or touching areas affected by ringworm, the fungus can spread to the hands (tinea manuum) or other areas of the body such as the feet (tinea pedis) or groin (tinea cruris). It is important to wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after touching infected areas.

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Who Is at Greater Risk of Getting Ringworm?

Anyone can get a ringworm infection, but some people are at higher risk.

athletes can get ringworm through contact sports

Athletes who participate in contact sports such as wrestling or football

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Athletes who participate in contact sports such as wrestling or football

ringworm can be caught from infected pets

Families with pets, or people who work with animals. Talk to your doctor for children's treatment options

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Families with pets, or people who work with animals. Talk to your doctor for children's treatment options

people in warm, humid climates are at greater risk of ringworm

People who live or work in warm, humid climates

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People who live or work in warm, humid climates

people with impaired immune systems are at greater risk of ringworm

People with impaired immune systems

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People with impaired immune systems

Ringworm Treatment Options

Use as directed

LamisilAT Cream

Full prescription strength. Proven to cure most ringworm with 1-week of treatment.*

*When used as directed.

Use as directed

LamisilAT Spray

The only 1-week (twice-a-day) athlete's foot spray. Liquid spray for easy, no-touch application.

Use as directed

LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder

Relieves ringworm symptoms while absorbing wetness.

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