In spite of its name, ringworm is not a worm or parasite at all, but a fungus. This fungus is called dermatophytes, and it lives and spreads onto the outer layer of skin. They cause a ring or circle like effect of dry, flaky skin. Sometimes it does not appear in rings at all, but just as flaky, red, itchy skin, with rough patches.
After contact, ringworm can take a few days to a week to appear and depending on what part of the body it comes out on; it is also known as tinea. Ringworm can be treated with antifungal medication, either topical such as creams and lotions, or oral, a pill taken by mouth. Best to know how to avoid it altogether.
1. Direct contact
Like with most contagious conditions and diseases, direct contact with the fungus on another person will ensure you are also infected. Even long after the initial contact was made. Ringworm spreads easily from person to person. This scope can be difficult because many times you are not often aware of the condition of the other person’s skin, especially if it such a simple thing like holding hands or hugging. It pays to be cautious and if you see early signs of ringworm on your skin, determine who exactly you may have caught if from, and seek medical advice to find it early and stop the spreading.