Ringworm - Symptoms of ringworm
NHS Choices Medical Reference
The symptoms of scalp ringworm include:
- small patches of scaly skin on the scalp, which may be sore
- patchy hair loss
- an itchy scalp
Some people can get more severe symptoms, including:
- a rash
- pustules (small, pus-filled sores) on the scalp
- crusting on the scalp
In more serious cases of scalp ringworm, a large inflamed lesion (sore) known as a kerion may form on the scalp. The kerion may ooze pus, and you may also have a fever and swollen lymph nodes (glands).
Symptoms of skin ringworm
- a ring-like red rash on your skin. The skin will appear red and irritated around the ring but healthy inside
- the rings may multiply and grow in size, and rings can merge together
- the rings will feel slightly raised to the touch and the skin under the rash may feel itchy
- blisters and pustules can form around the rings
Symptoms of groin ringworm
- red-brown sores (not necessarily ring-shaped), which may have blisters or pustules around the edge
- itchiness and redness around your groin area, such as your inner thighs and bottom (the genitals are usually not affected)
- the skin on your inner thighs can become scaly and flaky
Exercising, walking and wearing tight clothing or underwear may worsen the symptoms of a groin infection.
It is quite common to develop a groin infection in combination with athlete's foot (see below). This can occur if you have athlete's foot and you scratch your feet and transfer fungal spores to your groin when dressing or going to the toilet.
Symptoms of fungal nail infections
- a whitish thickening of the nail
- discolouration, the nail can turn white, black, yellow or green
- the nail can become brittle and start to fall off
- the skin around the nail may be sore and irritated
For more information, see the Health A-Z topic on fungal nail infections.
Symptoms of foot ringworm (athlete's foot)
Athlete's foot causes a rash to develop on your foot, usually in the spaces between your toes. The rash can cause your skin to be:
- scaly or flaky
You may also notice other symptoms including:
- cracked skin in the affected area
- blisters (which may be oozing or crusting)
- swelling of the skin
- a burning or stinging sensation in your skin
- scaling patterns around your sole and on the side of your foot
For more information, see the Health A-Z topic on athlete's foot.