Different Types of Ringworm & Its Treatment

[Ringworm], scientifically known as tinea, is a fungal infection that can infect any part of the body. Different types of [ringworm] infect different parts of the body. Although treatment is universally the same, it is good to know the different types. The treatment may vary slightly depending on the type of infection you may have. Below are the multiple forms of [ringworm] you should know about.

Infection of the face (tinea faciei)

This type of infection may cause reddish patches that can be clearly identified on the whole face which has exemptions on beard area for men. The patches are usually scaly accompanied by distinct edges.

Infection of the scalp (tinea capitis)

This infection attacks the head causing small lumps, which grow bigger with time. The lumps usually form a circular pattern and causes hair loss on the infected area.

Infection of the groin (tinea cruris)

It causes infection on the groin area. The symptoms include reddish, itchy and chafed rashes. Although rare, the rashes may sometimes be painful.

Athletes foot (tinea pedis)

The common symptoms are scaling and thickening on the heels and toes. You may also experience swelling and blisters between the toes. It has the potential to recur than all the other forms of infections.

Infection of the nails (tinea unguium)

The signs include yellowing of the nails accompanied by thickness. It can infect both fingernails and toenails. Crumby nails can also be observed at times.

Infection of the body (tinea corporis)

This type of infection causes flat, scaly patches on the outer skin of the body. The patches may grow wider, and they may be accompanied by itching in most cases.

Infection of the beard (tinea berbae)

This causes swelling and crusting, accompanied by itching on the beard. It can also cause loss of hair in the infected area. It was previously referred to as a ‘barbers itch’ since it had the tendency to attack after a shave. It can also infect the neck and cause similar symptoms.

How to Get Rid of Ringworm?

The best advice is to visit a doctor. If you are aware of the infection then with no further delays purchase the over the counter best ringworm cream. Call the company officials before purchasing because ringworm creams cost hardly a few bugs. There are other ways you can get rid of the problem like using the natural medicines ex: turmeric etc.


If you have different types of infections at the same time, ensure that you treat all of them. If you only treat one infection, you increase the risk of spreading the other infection to other areas as well. This will, inturn increase the recurring rate and you will need continuous treatment. Skin infections could have other causes as well. Seek medical advice if you suspect that your infection is not a fungal one.