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Skin Problems & Treatments Health Center

Ringworm of the Skin - Symptoms

Most ringworm infections cause a rashcamera.gif that may be peeling, cracking, scaling, itching, and red. Sometimes the rash forms blisters, especially on the feet.

Symptoms of ringworm of the body include a rash:

  • On the chest, stomach, arms, legs, or back.
  • With edges that are red and scaly or moist and crusted. The rash also may have small bumps that look like blisters. The center of the rash may be clear, giving it a ring-shaped appearance, or there may be a cluster of red bumps.
  • That may form large, round patches.

Symptoms of ringworm of the face include a rash:

  • On the face, the ears, or both.
  • With a border that may not be very distinct.
  • That may get worse after being in the sun.

Symptoms of ringworm of the groin (jock itch) include a rash:

  • On the groin, skin folds, inner thighs, or buttocks. The rash usually does not occur on the scrotum or penis.
  • With edges that are very distinct and may be scaly or have bumps that look like blisters.
  • That may have a red-brown center.

Jock itch and athlete's foot frequently occur at the same time.

Symptoms of ringworm on the hand include a rash:

  • On the palm that may be mistaken for eczema.
  • On the palm that is thickened, dry, and scaly, similar to athlete's foot, while skin between the fingers may be moist and have open sores.
  • On the back of the hand that is red and scaly, with edges that have bumps that look like blisters.

Fingernails can also be infected. For more information, see the topic Fungal Nail Infections.

Ringworm of the skin may be confused with other conditions with similar symptoms, such as eczema or psoriasis.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 25, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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