Despite of the name ringworm has no longer relation with worms, it is the proper medical name for these infection named as Tinea, which often followed by the Latin name due to affected part of the body. As an example Tinea pedis always effects on the feet, tinea croporis always effects on the body and Tinea capitis always affects on the scalp.
Ringworm is generally caused due to the fungal infection which may happen mostly by a group of fungi named as dermatophystes. Though, the spores of the fungus may even be picked up from another person as well as from the soil or a domestic animal as well as from household objects.
Possible Symptoms of Ringworm:
Ringworm usually causes for some reddened and scaly patches on the skin surface which always form in an irregular ring shape with some slightly raised edge. Though, the patches may even be very itchy. In tinea capitis, all the hair inside the patches may be lost, which may be resulted as a circular bald areas.
Moreover ringworm can also affect the nails which generally make them to become thickened and discolored along with scaling of the palms or soles.
General Ringworm Treatments:
Ringworm can be easily treated with antifungal creams or lotions, which may needed to be applied for several of weeks until it to be fully effective as well as prevent recurrence as because the fungi can be buried in the dipper level of the skin tissues.
Especially for widespread infection or those infection including hair and nails an antifungal tablet is given from over many weeks, in fact occasionally treatment is too much needed for that as long as two years. So if the problem occurs again always go back to your doctor for suggestion.