Ringworm: Causes & Symptoms

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Ringworm is a very common fungal infection of the skin, and it is highly contagious.

What is Ringworm?

The technical term for this skin affliction is dermatophytosis, and the fungal infection can be transmitted by the exchange of sweat, contact with animals, public showers, high-contact sports with exposed skin (e.g., wrestling), obesity and a weakened immune system.


The signs of ringworm are also quite easy to spot, which makes it a relatively simple condition to diagnose, and subsequently, treat. It appears as a red, itchy, circular rash, and the hair in the affected area may fall out.

The most commonly affected areas of the skin are on the groin (men) and the arms, legs, and torso, but you also find ringworm on the scalp, particularly in children. Visual inspection from a doctor can usually diagnose the condition, or a simple skin scraping and analysis.

You can avoid this fungal infection by minimizing your exposure to the sweat or skin of others, or your exposure to places where other people’s skin may have touched.

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