Contrary to its name, a ringworm infection is not caused by a worm but by a fungus. It can be contagious and is often characterised by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. Offering tips about what to do if you have a ringworm infection is Dr Koh Hong Yi, Associate Consultant of the Dermatology Unit at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.
“Ringworm is a fungal infection affecting the skin, hair or nails. These fungi are not normally found on human skin but can infect us from other infected individuals, animals, objects and even soil,” says Dr Koh.
Common types of ringworm infection
While a ringworm infection can appear virtually anywhere on the body, it tends to affect skin on the feet (tinea pedis, also called athlete’s foot) and groin area (tinea cruris, also known as jock itch).
“These areas are frequently affected because of the warm and moist environment they offer, which is ideal for fungal growth,” says Dr Koh.
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