There are a variety of names for ringworms, depending on the fungus that causes the infection and its placement. It is sometimes referred to as “tinea” for the particular fungi that come in contact (i.e., Tinea corporis, Tinea capitis, or Tinea cruris). Dermatophytosis is another medical term for it.
The athlete’s foot falls under this bigger umbrella of fungal infection.
This is the most common type of them all that is caused by the fungus known as Tinea pedis. People who are used to walking barefoot are prone to this infection. It starts as a flake between the toes that turn white. This easily spreads at the soles of the feet.
This condition is somewhat similar to the former type (athlete’s foot). A person’s fingernails and toenails may look yellow and thick, which are fragile and prone to cracking.
Onychomycosis is a more technical term for this fungal skin infection.
Tinea capitis is the fungus responsible for this extremely contagious infection. It mostly affects children between the ages of 2 and 10 with itchy and scaly scalps with rashes that may result in hair thinning.
This skin infection manifests as ring-like that rashes that can be seen on the torso or face. It affects people of all ages, but it is more prevalent in children. Those who are living in hotter climates may also show symptoms, such as itching in the affected area.
Males are more likely to have this kind of infection that forms red, ring-like skin patches in the groin area, causing itch and pain.
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