Ringworm is a common skin infection that is caused by a fungus. It’s called “ringworm” because it can cause a circular rash (shaped like a ring) that is usually red and itchy. Anyone can get ringworm. The fungi that ...1

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Symptoms of Ringworm

Ringworm can affect skin on almost any part of the body as well as fingernails and toenails. The symptoms of ringworm often depend on which part of the body is infected, but they generally include:

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Causes of Ringworm

Sources: Tinea (commonly called “ringworm”) spreads easily between people and animals. Tinea can also spread from one part of the body to another (for example, a patient with tinea pedis can go on to develop tinea cruris). Humans and animals ...2

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Causes List for Ringworm

Some possible causes of Ringworm or similar disorders may include:3

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Types of Ringworm

Ringworm of the scalp Infection with animal ringworm starts as a small red spot which spreads leaving a scaly bald patch. The hair becomes brittle and breaks easily. The picture with human scalp ringworm varies from lightly flaky areas, often ...4

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Diagnosis of Ringworm

How is ringworm diagnosed? Your healthcare provider can usually diagnose ringworm by looking at the affected skin and asking questions about your symptoms. He or she may also take a small skin scraping to be examined under a microscope or ...5

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Treatments: Ringworm

Treatment: Tinea pedis: Athlete’s foot can usually be treated with over-the-counter topical antifungal products; terbinafine appears to be most effective, but other agents can also be used.5 Chronic or extensive tinea pedis may require treatment with ...6

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Prevention of Ringworm

Prevention:  Children with fungal infections should be excluded from school until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced. Children and adults with fungal infections of the foot (athlete’s foot) should avoid walking barefoot in gyms, locker rooms, public showers ...7

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Names and Terminology

Ringworm goes by many names. The medical terms are “tinea” or “dermatophytosis.” Other names for ringworm are based on its location on the body - for ...8

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  1. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ fungal/ diseases/ ringworm/ index.html
  2. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ fungal/ diseases/ ringworm/ health-professionals.html
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: GOV.UK: gov.uk/ government/ publications/ health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities/ chapter-9-managing-specific-infectious-diseases
  5. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ fungal/ diseases/ ringworm/ diagnosis.html
  6. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ fungal/ diseases/ ringworm/ health-professionals.html
  7. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 14/ 92/ 615/ tinea-ringworm
  8. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ fungal/ diseases/ ringworm/ index.html

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