When you hear the term ringworm, chances are you become a bit grossed out. This name of a rash may conjure up images of parasites or actual worms being underneath the skin. However, ringworm is not actually caused by a parasite. In fact, it is a rash that appears to look like it was caused by worms.
The reason for this is because the rash creates small rings on the skin that may look like there are worms lying just underneath.
While this condition may not be as horrible as the name may imply, it is not quite harmless either. Perhaps the worst part of this condition is that it is easily spread from one person to another. It is extremely contagious and can be spread through contact of the skin, through clothing, and through the bedding.
It is for this reason and more that it is important to know the symptoms of ringworm so that you can prevent spreading it should you become infected.
The rash itself is the most obvious ringworm symptom. The rash of ringworm is just like it sounds. It is a rash that looks like a ring. It will appear on the skin. This rash is essentially the true calling card of the condition.
When it comes to determining whether or not the rash is in fact ringworm, it will not only be in a ring shape, but it will also be irritated and quite red. The patch of skin located in the middle of the ring will be light and healthy-looking.
The rash may appear anywhere on the body. The rings can be different sizes and the color of red, but it is the ring shape is what you should really look for. It is important to note that there are several other things that can cause a rash that is in a ring shape, which is why you should go to your doctor to determine the true cause.