Home > Medical > Skin > Fungal Infections Updated 16 March 2017 Busting 11 myths about ringworm There are about 40 different types of fungi that can cause ringworm, and symptoms typically appear between four and 14 days after contact with the fungus. We bust some myths about ringworm. 0 Mandy Freeman Related articles How to cure ringworm Ringworm is a very common skin affliction, affecting especially children. It is irritating, itchy and unsightly, but can usually be treated with antifungal creams and ointments. When ringworm causes hair loss in your child Ringworm of the scalp can cause hair loss. Problem is, it's often misdiagnosed as dandruff. And it's on the rise among young children. Fungal infections in the toenails Fungal infections in the toenails are very common, difficult to treat and they often recur. They are also called ringworm of the nail.