Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. Even though it is called "ringworm," a worm doesn't cause it. The cause of ringworm is a fungus that infects the outer layers of the skin.
At first you might just see a small, red, often raised itchy spot or pimple. Sometimes there may only be 1 spot. At other times there may be several. Ringworm can look slightly different on different parts of the body, but there are some things are always present:
- Irregular, round, oval or ring-shaped, which is why it's called ringworm
- Clearer or lighter color at the center, since it spreads from the center of the spot outward
- Red or inflamed look
- Raised, itchy, scaly dry or flaky skin
If you are experiencing these or similar symptoms, start an OnCare visit today to receive a personalized treatment plan and feel better, faster.