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Athlete's Foot


At times ringworm symptoms are quite hard to recognize, we can very easily mistake it for other types of dermatitis or skin allergies. Your doctor can take a small sample of the skin tissue, or nail clipping from the affected area. This can then be analysed to determine whether or not it is a fungus. The appearance and symptoms of ringworm vary according to the parts of the body it affects. Below we will focus on these areas to determine if the symptoms of ringworm are present.

Symptoms of body ringworm

Ringworm of the body shows up like a flat round patch with a red, itchy, scaly edge, which may sometimes have vesicles. The most common area is the trunk. As the rash gradually expands, its center clears to produce a definite margin. This margin is the actively growing part of the fungus. More than one area can be affected at a time. Most ringworm infections cause a rash that may be peeling, cracking, scaling, itching, red, or have bumps on the edges that look like blisters.

What to look out for

  • Circular patches with a red, itchy, prominent edge
  • As the ringworm spreads, the centre of the patch often clears to leave normal skin
  • The most common site is the trunk

Symptoms of nail fungus

Ringworm of the nails or more often refered to as nail fungi, is often accompanied by scaling of the soles or palms. With nail fungal infections, the nails crack or thicken, the ends break in a ragged margin and the nail may detach itself slightly from the nail bed. The nails can become brittle and turn white or yellow in colour. As the nail fungi progresses, it feeds on the nail plate leaving it very unpleasant to look at. The toenails are more often affected than the fingers. Toenail fungi can make walking uncomfortable and painful at times. Wearing narrow or tight shoes should be avoided at all costs.

What to look out for

  • Discoloration, thick and brittle nails
  • Scaling of the soles or palms
  • A build up of debris under the infected nail
  • Nail ends break and may detach itself from the nail bed

Symptoms of scalp Ringworm

Fungal infections on the scalp starts out as small pimples. When these pimples become larger, the area becomes itchy and scaly and the hairs break off at the roots, resulting in temporary baldness. In more sever infections the skin turns yellow and crusty, Fungal infections of the scalp mainly occurs in children and is more common in large cities and over crowded conditions.

What to look out for

  • A round, scaly, itchy bald patch, with stumps of broken hairs of variable length
  • A raised, inflamed boggy mass, which may develop from the patch.

Symptoms of athletes foot

Ringworm of the foot better known as athlete's foot is the most common of all the body fungus. It is easy identifying athlete's foot by the intense itching and burning of the skin between the toes, especially the fourth and fifth toes. If the infection is not treated in the early stages, it can spread to the soles and sides of the feet, resulting in blisters which may open, leaving the foot in a very painful state.

What to look out for

  • Itching and burning between the toes
  • Peeling or scaling of the skin, which may turn soggy and white
  • A scaly, red rash, which may also spread to the soles of the feet

Symptoms of groan ringworm (jock itch)

Jock itch is an irritating itch that manifests itself in the groan area, including the genitals, buttocks, anal area and inner thighs. It normally never affects the penis or the scrotum. It usually starts from the genitals and spreads outwards over the inside of the thigh. The fungus can appear as a raised lesion, with a defined edge. It is also identified by its burning like feeling, and peeling and flaking of the skin.

What to look out for


  • Red raised edges that may be scaly or have bumps that look like blisters.
  • The rash usually hasn't spread to the scrotum or penis
  • The more you scratch the area, the more you itch.
  • The affected area may have a red-brown center.


The above is only guide to the various types of ringworm symptoms and not an attempt at self-diagnosis. If in doubt the infection can be diagnosed by your doctor to confirm if fungas is present.

There are many natural cures available and are proving very effective, and cheaper that the conventional method.