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Ringworm on Body (cont.)

What Are Symptoms and Signs of Ringworm on the Body?

Ringworm is named for its characteristic symptom of a red, elevated, rapidly growing, round ring-like sore on the skin. The center of the ring may be clear. The sore itself may be scaly, crusty, or fluid-filled. Itching and pain may accompany the sore. Each lesion (medical term for an abnormality such as a sore) is less than 5 cm across (about 2 inches) and occurs alone or appears as a skin rash in groups of three or four.

  • Lesions commonly are found on the trunk, legs, arms, neck, and face (referred to as tinea faciei).
  • Other symptoms of ringworm on the body include
    • hair loss,
    • itchy skin, and
    • patches of red, scaly, cracked skin.
  • This type of ringworm does not involve the bearded area, scalp, groin (jock itch), hands, or feet (athlete's foot). These other types of ringworm may have slightly different symptoms:
    • Ringworm of the beard (tinea barbae): scaly, itchy, red spots on the cheeks, chin, and upper neck. There may be hair loss.
    • Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis): scaly, crusty, itchy, red, circular bald spot that may grow or spread into multiple spots. Hair may become dry and brittle. More common in children.
    • Ringworm of the groin (tinea cruris, "jock itch"): scaly, itchy, red spots on the inner skin of the thighs.
    • Ringworm of the feet (tinea pedis, "athlete's foot"): red, swollen, peeling, itchy skin usually between the toes but sometimes on the soles of the feet. In severe cases, there may be blisters on the skin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2016

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