The infection usually begins as a small pimple that gets larger and larger, leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness; infected hair is brittle and breaks off easily. sometimes there is a yellow cuplike crusty area. The infection usually appears 10 to 14 days after contact.
Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) involves scaly, temporary bad patches with dandruff-like white scales. The hair may be dull, and the infection may affect only one part of the scalp or may spread over the entire head. A severe case may include fever and swollen glands below the hairline.
Ringworm of the nails causes thick, discolored, brittle, or chalky and friable nails.
Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) causes a flat and ring-shaped lesion; the edge is red and may be dry and scaly, or moist and crusted. The center area is clear and appears normal. symptoms occur four to 10 days after contact. The rings can appear on face, legs, arms, or trunk.
Ringworm of the foot appears as a scaling or cracking of the skin, especially between the toes.
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