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Ringworm Pictures, Stages, Symptoms and Treatment

A magnification of the skin disorder ringworm (tinea)
Ringworm is not caused by worms, as the name implies.
Ringworm fungi are known as dermatophytes.
Multiple forms of ringworm affect different parts of the body.
Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis)
It is important to distinguish ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) from similar common rashes.
Ringworm of the hand (tinea manus)
Ringworm of the nails (tinea unguium)
Ringworm of the face (tinea faciei)
Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis)
Ringworm of the foot (tinea pedis)
Ringworm of the groin (tinea cruris)
Ringworm of the beard (tinea barbae)
Ringworm is highly contagious and can be spread multiple ways.
Pets can develop ringworm and spread it to people.
A physician can diagnose or rule out ringworm by taking a skin sample for culture.
Ringworm is usually treated with topical antifungal creams.
Simple guidelines can help reduce the risk of ringworm.
Ringworm prevention tip #1: Don't share clothing, sports gear, towels, or sheets.
Ringworm prevention tip #2: Wear slippers or sandals in locker rooms and public pool and bathing areas.
Ringworm prevention tip #3: Shower and shampoo well after any sport that includes skin-to-skin contact.
Ringworm prevention tip #4: Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing. Change your socks and underwear at least once a day.
Ringworm prevention tip #5: Keep your skin clean and dry. Always dry yourself completely after showers or baths.
Ringworm prevention tip #6: If you have athlete's foot, put your socks on before your underwear so that fungi do not spread from your feet to your groin.
Ringworm prevention tip #7: Take your pet to the vet if it has patches of missing hair, which could be a sign of a fungal infection.

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Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ringworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms

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