June 24, 2016

Ringworm

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 condition 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. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 5/11/2016