Ringworm Types

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There are several types of ringworm that can affect the skin and in order to get proper treatment, it is important that you know which type you have. Below are examples of the types of ringworm and what signs and symptoms you need to be familiar with.

  • Tinea Capitis – This type of ringworm is most common in children and occurs generally later in childhood or during adolescence. It can be spread in children in their schools. Ringworm will cause the scalp to become scaly and bald spots will appear. The bald spots are what set it apart from dandruff or seborrhea.
  • Tinea Barbae – This type of ringworm occurs on patients who have a beard; it will occur on the face and the neck and will swell. The area might become crusty, itch and beard hair might even break off. Long ago when men visited a barber for his shave, this condition was referred to as barber’s itch.
  • Tinea Corporis – This ringworm will produce round spots on the skin that are classic of ringworm. It appears as a rash and you should consult your doctor to rule out other skin conditions such as eczema so that the correct treatment can be administered.
  • Tinea Cruris – This type of ringworm will occur in the groin area; sometimes referred to as jock itch. It is reddish-brown in color and will start at the groin and continue down one or both of the thighs. Consult with your doctor to rule out possible yeast infections or psoriasis so that the correct treatment can be administered.
  • Tinea Faciei – This type of ringworm is found on the face everywhere except in the beard area. However, when it is on the face it generally does not have the ring shape. The skin will become red and scaly.
  • Tinea Manus – This type of ringworm affects the hands; the skin on the palms and between the fingers will become thicker and it mostly just occurs on one hand.
  • Tinea Pedis – This type of ringworm affects the feet; the skin between the toes, on foot soles and on the heel will become thicker and scaly. You might also experience blisters on the feet. This is probably the most common type of ringworm and more people suffer from this than any other type of ringworm.
  • Tineau Unguium – This is more commonly referred to as a nail fungus infection and will affect the fingernails as well as the toenails. The nails will become thick, discolored and will crumble easily.

No matter which type of ringworm you find yourself suffering from, consult your doctor for the proper treatment.

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