Signs of Ringworm Among Humans with Tinea Cruris, Tinea Versicolor and Tinea Barbae
If you’ve read up on ringworm prevention, then you know not to touch dogs and cats with bald spots because they probably have ringworm which can be passed on to you. But people can get many different types of ringworm, and learning how to treat ring worm may depend on knowing what type of ringworm you have. Here are some of the signs of ringworm in humans with tinea cruris, tinea versicolor and tinea barbae.
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This term refers to a ringworm infection that affects your groin, but for some the condition is more popularly known as jock itch. You don’t have to be alarmed, though. It usually affects the skin only and it doesn’t go any deeper.
Like most ringworm infections, Tinea cruris is caused by a fungus. The human skin is home to many types of fungal germs, but most of the time they’re quite harmless. But sometimes they can infect the skin and multiply.
These germs prefer warm, moist skin areas with poor ventilation, which is why the groin is a favorite target. They’re more likely to occur when you wear tight fitting clothes (including underwear and bathing suits) for long periods, when you share clothes with others, when you play sports, or when you’ve just visited a tropical region.
Among the demographics which suffer from tinea cruris more often than the average person are athletes, military personnel, prison inmates, and fashionistas who wear tight clothes all the time.
Generally, if you have tinea cruris your groin becomes irritable and itchy, especially in the area between the top of the leg and the genitals. This condition is more common among men, and men also find that their scrotum feels itchy. A red rash with a well-defined border may develop in both groins, and it may spread to the inside of both thighs.
Often jock itch has the condition known as athlete’s foot as a partner. Usually, the fungi travels from the foot to the groin or the athlete’s foot may come later. Regardless of the spread, this is not usually considered a serious medical condition, although from the aesthetic point of view it may not be all that pleasant.
To contain the spread of the fungi, you should first put on your socks before you put on your underwear. You should make sure you dry your groin parts completely after you wash, and you should use a different towel to dry your groin and another towel to dry other parts of your body.
To treat tinea cruris, you should apply the phytozine antifungal cream on all ring worm infections on your body. This can prevent re-infecting the groin from the ringworm fungi found on your other body parts.
This is one of the more common skin conditions found in the tropical regions. This is a rather unusual form of fungal infection, as it is caused by yeast (which is by the way still a type of fungus). It is also not contagious at all—you can’t get tinea versicolor from someone else, and you can’t pass it along to someone else.
The yeast that causes the condition is an organism that naturally lives on your skin. But sometimes the yeast can grow out of control. You can get infected if you sweat a lot, your skin is oily, you live in a very warm climate, or your immune system is weak.
It can affect everyone regardless of skin color. However, its most common victims are teenagers and young adults.
The signs of having tinea versicolor may include patches that are lighter or darker than the skin around them. These patches can be red, brown, pink, or white. They become obvious because they don’t tan the way your natural skin does.
They can be found anywhere on the body. However, the most common areas are the arms, back, chest, and neck.
They can be more obvious when the weather is warm and humid, but the signs may disappear when the weather is cool. In some rare cases, the patches may be dry, scaly, and itchy, and they may even hurt. But most of the time, the only problem is the discoloration.
Like other forms of ringworm infection, a month of phytozine cream application should suffice.
This is what you call a ringworm infection when it attacks the beard and mustache areas, such as the cheeks, chin, and neck. It’s not a very common form of ringworm, and it usually affects only men. Doctors usually confirm a tinea barbea diagnosis by taking skin scrapings and hair pulled from the roots and looking at them through a microscope.
The fungus that causes tinea barbea is usually a fungus that naturally thrives in animals. This may be the T. verrucosum which is found in cattle or the T. mentagrophytes var. equinum found in horses. It attacks the outside of the hair.
The people who get tinea barbea are often farmers. It is very rare to pass this fungus to another person.
Signs of tinea barbea include red lumpy areas around the hairs, with pustules and crusting as well. The infection is not really itchy or painful, but the beard hair can be pulled out easily.
To treat tinea barbea, the beard and mustache should be shaved off first. Then warm compresses can be applied to the affected areas to remove the debris and crusts. While you can apply phytozine cream to the affected areas, the complete treatment of tinea barbea requires oral antifungal therapy.
These signs of ringworm in humans with tinea cruris, tinea versicolor and tinea barbae aren’t meant to alarm you in any way. They’re just meant to inform you so you can get the treatment you need. While they may not seem all that serious, you may as well get rid of them because they’re not exactly pretty to look at either.