Tinea fungal infection (ringworm)
Ringworm is a common fungalinfection that can cause a red or silvery ring-like rash on the skin.
Ringworm commonly affects arms and legs, but it can appear almost anywhere on the body.Despite its name, ringworm doesn't have anything to do with worms.
Other similar fungal infections can affect the scalp, feet, groin and nails.
These fungal infections, medically known as "tinea", are not serious and are usually easily treated. However,they arecontagious and easily spread.
There are different types of tinea fungal infection, based on the affected area of the body:
Ringworm usually looks like a round, red or silvery patch of skin that may be scaly, inflamed and itchy, but other fungal infections may present themselves slightly differently.
Symptoms of a fungal scalp infection include small patches of scaly scalp skin (which may be sore), patchy hair loss and itchiness.
Other types of fungal infections (including ringworm) are generally treated with antifungal cream from the pharmacy, and you don't need to see a doctor unless it persists. However, pharmacists often prefer children to see a GP to confirm a diagnosis.
Fungal spores are passed between people through direct skin contact and by sharing objects such as towels, hairbrushes and bedding. Athletes foot is commonly spread in gym and swimming pool changing rooms.
Pets, such as dogs and cats, can have ringworm, and you can catch it by stroking them.
You should avoid sharing towels, bedding or clothes with someone with a fungal infection.
If you think your pet has ringworm, take it to the vet. If your pet is treated quickly, youll be less likely to catch it.
If your child has a fungal infection, they can go to school, but you should inform their teacher. In addition to treatment, your child should maintain a good level of personal hygiene to prevent the infection spreading.
Ringworm is a common and highly infectious skin infection that causes a ring-like red rash on the skin. The condition is medically known as "tinea".
Ringworm often looks like a round, red or silvery patch of skin that may be scaly and itchy.
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Fungi are plant-like organisms that feed on living tissue, including human skin.
Ringworm is usually easy to diagnose from its appearance and location.
Ringworm is easily treated using antifungal creams, tablets and shampoo.
If you or someone in your family has ringworm, follow the advice below to prevent the infection spreading.