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Ringworm facts

  • Ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin and is not due to a worm.
  • The medical term for ringworm is tinea. The skin disease is further named for the site of the body where the infection occurs.
  • Some types of ringworm infection include tinea corporis, tinea capitis, tinea pedis ("athlete's foot"), and tinea cruris ("jock itch").
  • Ringworm causes a scaly, crusted rash that may appear as round, red patches on the skin. Other symptoms and signs of ringworm include patches of hair loss or scaling on the scalp, itching, and blister-like lesions.
  • Ringworm is contagious and can be passed from person to person.
  • Ringworm can be successfully treated with antifungal medications used either topically or orally.
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Reviewed on 6/12/2017

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