Ringworm is another type of fungal infection of the skin, also known as dermatophytosis or tinea. This fungal infection is caused by dermatophytes (type of fungus) that irritates the skin which develops into a rash. Dermatophyte fungi thrives on dead skin tissue, as well as warm, moist areas, such as the skin folds.

If you’re an excessive sweater or have minor cuts to you skin, you’re at greater risk of this type of infection.


Symptoms of ringworm

Ringworm will not appear right away as it can take up to 2 weeks before you start noticing any symptoms.

In the beginning:  It will appear like a pink or red patch – not necessarily like a ringworm. It may also appear very dry and scaly.

Later on: The patch will begin to grow in size. The rash will start appearing like a ring with a red circle around the outside and normal skin tone near the center. They often have sharply defined edges


This type of rash is highly contagious and can spread to other people and other areas of the body. To prevent it from spreading, try the below tips:

  • Wash your hands and body regularly and avoid touching infected areas
  • Keep the underarms cool and dry
  •  Wash underarms with a natural antibacterial soap like the underarm bar
  •  Avoid using other people’s clothing and towels
  • Wash bedding, clothing and towels regularly