Ringworm is a contagious skin disease that mostly affects children. Most people will have ringworm at some stage of their lives. This article looks at body parts that is mostly affected by ringworm:
1. Hands (tinea manus)
Ringworm is contracted by touching an infected person, animal, or object with our hands. The hands is mostly affected by ringworm, a condition called tinea manus. Ringworm itches a lot, so to relieve the itchiness, people tend to scratch. Hands can also get infected if we touch infected body parts and fail to wash our hands properly later.
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Scalp (tinea capitis)
Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis), mostly infects children, however it can equally affect adults. Pets may carry the fungal infection on their skin underneath their fur. Children contract it from pets through playing, petting, and grooming them.
Also, pets leave traces of the fungus on surfaces they come into contact with, such as beds and couches. A person may get infected if their head touching these sources. The fungus can also spread through sharing hats and combs with infected person.
Feet (tinea pedis)
Feet ringworm, commonly called athlete’s foot, is caused by the same fungus that causes jock itch. Places the fungus can spread easily are public bathrooms and public showers. You may contract this virus if you walk barefoot in a public restroom, shower, or in dirty water. Always wear flip-flops when using a public shower.
Nails (tinea unguium)
Nails ringworm is different from feet ringworm (athlete’s foot). Ringworm of the nails affects the fingernails, but it is more common in the toenails. Tinea unguium can be contracted at the gym because you usually wear sneakers or tight shoes when you exercise. Your chances of developing sweaty feet and damp shoes by the end of the session is high. This moist environment is a perfect breeding place for the fungus to breed.
Groin (tinea cruris)
Tinea cruris or jock itch generally affects men. It is an itchy rash that mostly appears in the groin area, usually in the crease between the scrotum and thighs, but it often spreads. Skinny jeans and tight-fitting clothes can cause jock itch because they trap moisture from sweat, thereby creating an ideal environment for the fungus to thrive.
Source: healthline.com, health24.com
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