6 Myths About Ringworms
Posted October 23, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 2 min read
While many of you may have heard of the disease ‘Ringworm’, not all of you would know what are the causes, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures. Moreover, some of you may even have some questions and also many misconceptions about this common skin condition. However, in reality, ringworm is not as bad as it sounds or the name suggests.
Myth 1: Ringworm is caused by a worm
This is probably the most common myth that surrounds this skin condition.
However, ringworm (also called tinea) is not actually caused by worms.
It is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes which are the culprit for this skin infection.
It derives its name from the distinctive red ring-like pattern it forms on the skin.
Myth 2: Ringworm only affects the skin
More often than not ringworm usually appears on the skin but that’s not the only place this skin infection affects.
You will find red patches appear on the scalp and can also show signs on the fingernails and toenails.
It hardens the nails and causes them to become yellow and brittle.
Myth 3: Whoever is affected with ringworm develops red rings on their skin
Although some people might develop the red ring on their skin, ringworm does not have the same effect on everyone.
If you do get affected with ringworm, it may not necessarily be a ring but you might find red, scaly patches on your skin.
On the other hand, if ringworm has affected your scalp, it could look like dandruff scaly and flaky.
Myth 4: Ringworm affects only children
Children are most likely to get affected with ringworm however this skin infection can happen to anyone at any age.
Myth 5: Ringworm is not contagious
In fact, the opposite is true.
Ringworm is a skin condition that can spread from person to person and even from animals to people.
It usually thrives in moist conditions.
Sometimes you don’t even have to touch someone to get infected with the disease.
The fungus can exist in places such as swimming pools, locker rooms as well as on someone’s comb or brush.
Just in case you share an infected comb or brush, you’re most likely to get infected with ringworm, especially on your scalp.
This is why doctors advise you to stay away from those affected with this condition unless you know they are getting treatment for the same.
Myth 6: Symptoms of ringworm will be seen immediately after you’ve been infected
This is not true.
In fact, it could actually take a few days for the red rash to appear on your skin.
If your scalp is affected, it could take a good two weeks to see any signs of infection.