This is a skin infection caused by a fungus. The specific name of the condition is determined by the body part affected.
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. These infections are often lumped together under a grouping called "tinea." The specific name is determined by the body part affected. More than one area of the body can be affected at the same time.
Ringworm usually occurs in warm, moist places on the body. Although children are more prone to ringworm, it can affect anyone. The risk of catching ringworm increases if you:
Ringworm is contagious. You can catch it by direct contact or by touching a contaminated surface (i.e., a shoe, sock, shower floor, pool, comb or unwashed clothing). You can also catch ringworm from your pet. If they have the fungus on their fur or skin it usually results in the cat or dog having bald spots. Preventive measures include:
The primary symptoms of ringworm may include:
Before you see a healthcare provider for your ringworm, there are some things you can try at home. These include:
You should see a healthcare provider for evaluation and further treatment if your ringworm:
While ringworm can go away with self-care, there may be times you need to see a healthcare provider for further treatment. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them, if you have had them before and if they are progressing or changing.
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