Perspective - Research in Clinical Dermatology (2023) Volume 6, Issue 2
The Psychological Impact of ringworm and how fungi cause skin infections.
Ringworm is a common fungal infection that can affect the skin, scalp, and nails. Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but by a type of fungus called dermatophyte. It can affect people of all ages and is highly contagious, but with proper treatment, most cases of ringworm can be resolved quickly and without complications. The symptoms of ringworm can vary depending on the location of the infection, but some common signs are red, scaly, or itchy patches on the skin, circular or ring-shaped rash with raised edges, hair loss or bald patches on the scalp, brittle, discolored, or thickened nails, cracking or peeling skin between the toes, in some cases, ringworm may also cause fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes, but these symptoms are less common.Author(s): Javier Cabanes*