What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection commonly appearing as a circular rash on the skin. Its name is misleading as a worm or parasite does not cause it.


Fungal infection, commonly known as 'tinea', can develop on nearly any body part but is often seen on the arms or legs. This infection can also affect the feet, groin, fingernails, and scalp.

Ringworm: Symptoms

Ringworm is a fungal skin infection resulting in a red or silver-coloured rash, usually itching. The rash appears as a raised, circular area with a clear centre and can spread over larger areas of the skin. In some cases, the rash may be scaly or flaky.


However, in more serious cases, symptoms can include:

  • Rings becoming even more inflamed

  • Sores and blisters are forming in the area

  • More rings appearing

  • Rings merging

  • If ringworm crops up on the neck or face areas, it won’t always be ring-shaped but tends to swell and become itchy.


A doctor must obtain a prescription for the anti-fungal medication (usually a cream) necessary to treat ringworm.

Ringworm: Timeline

The onset varies from person to person


Ringworm can be transmitted directly with another person's skin who has the condition or through indirect contact with objects that infected persons, such as hair clippers at a barbershop, have used.


Symptoms are typically evident within seven to fourteen days after contracting the virus.


It typically takes two to four weeks for a person to recover from an accident or illness. During this time, they should focus on relaxation and avoid strenuous activities.


During two to four weeks after an injury or illness, it is important to prioritise relaxation. Strenuous activities should be avoided so the body can have time to heal.

If left untreated, an infection can spread rapidly to others, making it important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.


If you suspect that you have contracted ringworm, it is important to seek medical consultation with a doctor so that you can get the necessary prescription medication to treat it. Therefore, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

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