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Types Of Ringworm Infections

Ringworms are contagious skin diseases caused by various fungal infections that mainly occur in small circular patches. They include:

Tinea faciei

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This ringworm affects majorly the face except in the area of the beard characterised by red scaly patches with indistinct edges.

Tinea manus

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It mostly affect hands particularly palms and the spaces between fingers causing thickening of these areas.

Tinea pedis

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Athlete's foot can lead to scaling and inflammation with itching and burning irritation in toe webs. Its other common form produces thickening or scaling of the skin on the heels and soles. Occasionally, it causes blisters between the toes or on the sole.

Tinea corporis

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Skin area affected by fungus often produce round spots of classic ringworm. The first stage of symptoms involves a red, scaly area of skin that may be slightly raised which tends to worsen rapidly to form a characteristic ring shape that can slowly grow and advance. Sometimes, scaling, crusting, raised areas, or even blister-like lesions can appear in the active border.

Tinea cruris

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Tinea of the groin have a reddish-brown color and extends from the folds of the groin down onto one or both thighs. Other conditions that can cause it include yeast infections, psoriasis and intertrigo.

Tinea unguium

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A fungal infection that makes the fingernails; majorly toenails yellow, thick and crumbly. It's also referred to as fungal nails or onychomycosis.


Tinea barbae

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This is a ringworm of the bearded area of the face and neck with swelling, marked with crusting often accompanied by itching.


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