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You’ll often hear the term ‘ringworm’ and ‘ringworm’. Yes, this term usually appears in healthcare advertising and is usually combined with other types of skin diseases, such as water fleas. Ringworm and scabies is a skin disease that is similar, but usually people have called ‘ringworm’ alone. However, if you already know more about the disease? If not, consider the following explanation:

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As reported by MayoClinic and WebMD, Wednesday (24/07/2013), ringworm is a type of skin disease caused by a dermatophyte fungal infection where the fungus lives on dead tissue in some parts of your body and can thrive in warm and humid areas .

Ringworm also called ringworm because of ringworm will form a circular wound on the skin that resembles a ring. However, there are no worms in this disease. The wound is red, scaly, itchy, sometimes blistering, discharge, and over time the wound may extend.

Ringworm is not only attacking the single body (tinea corporis), but can affect other parts of the body, such as:

Scalp (tinea capitis)

This type of ringworm can affect anyone, both children and adults. Exposed scalp ringworm usually is not covered with fur and round, as there are patches on the head.

Foot (Tinea Pedis)

If you have a fungal infection of the feet, maybe it will cause inflammation of the tissue in the foot, especially in the area between the fourth and fifth toes. Your skin will be red, itchy, and burn.

Groin (Tinea cruris)

This type of ringworm is more widely experienced by men. This is because you sweat a lot and your crotch skin friction often experienced when using tight clothing. As a result, the skin becomes reddish brown crotch and may extend into the folds of the groin down to the second or even the thighs.

Beard (Tinea barbae)

This type of ringworm you will experience on the beard hair that is usually covered by the so-called beard. If you have ringworm of the beard, the hair-growing hair will fall out and the skin swelling and hardening.

Face (Tinea Faciei)

Form of ringworm that arise on the face usually does not ring, but only wound forming red, flaky, and the outline of the wound irregularly.

Hand (Tinea Manus)

This is a common companion of ringworm foot (tinea pedis). If you have ringworm of the hands and feet, it is referred to as tinea manuum. Usually, the fungus will infect the palm side of the hand and the spaces between your fingers. As a result, you experience a skin thickening (hyperkeratosis).

Nails (tinea unguium)

If you often use fake nails, be careful. Therefore, artificial nails can be an intermediary to cause ringworm fungus on the nail. If you wear fake nails, water can build up under the false nail, creating a moist area and allow the fungus to grow. This will cause your nails thickened, opaque, yellow, and brittle.

Anyone can get this disease, but there are several factors that can increase your risk of ringworm:

Skin spending a lot of sweat
Frequent use tight clothes
Having a weakened immune system
Often share the goods (clothes, blankets, towels, etc.) with people who have been infected with the fungus
Living in damp
Doing activities that involve direct contact with people who have been infected with the virus


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