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Ringworm

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Alternative Names:
Dermatophytid; Tinea
Symptoms:

The symptoms of ringworm include:

  • Itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. The patches often have sharply-defined edges. They are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may create the appearance of a ring. Your skin may also appear unusually dark or light.
  • When your scalp or beard is infected, you will have bald patches.
  • If nails are infected, they become discolored, thick, and even crumble.

Signs and tests:
Your doctor will diagnose ringworm primarily based on the appearance of the skin. If tests are needed, the fungus may appear florescent when your skin is examined with a blue light (called a Wood's lamp) in a dark room. A more definitive diagnosis can be made by scraping the affected area of skin and examining the cells under a microscope.
Dermatitis, reaction to tinea
Dermatitis, reaction to tinea
Ringworm, tinea corporis on an infant's leg
Ringworm, tinea corporis on an infant's leg
Ringworm, tinea capitis - close-up
Ringworm, tinea capitis - close-up
Ringworm, tinea on the hand and leg
Ringworm, tinea on the hand and leg
Ringworm, tinea manuum on the finger
Ringworm, tinea manuum on the finger
Ringworm, tinea corporis on the leg
Ringworm, tinea corporis on the leg
Tinea (ringworm)
Tinea (ringworm)
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