Table of Contents
- Ringworm facts
- Is ringworm contagious?
- What does the term ringworm mean?
- What causes ringworm?
- What are the sources of skin fungi?
- What are risk factors for ringworm?
- What types of ringworm are there? What are ringworm symptoms and signs?
- Types of ringworm: tinea corporis and tinea cruris. What are the symptoms?
- Types of ringworm: tinea faciei and tinea manus. What are the symptoms?
- Types of ringworm: tinea pedis and tinea unguium. What are the symptoms?
- What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose ringworm?
- What kinds of doctors treat ringworm?
- What is the treatment for ringworm? Are there home remedies for ringworm?
- Is it possible to prevent ringworm?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) for ringworm?
Catching Ringworm From Pets
Animals can also be affected by ringworm and may transmit the condition to humans. In this case, ringworm is an example of a zoonotic disease, or a disease transmitted from animals to humans. Although catsare affected by ringworm more than dogs, dogs are also commonly affected. In animals, ringworm causes raised, circular areas that frequently are crusted over and associated with hair loss.
Quick GuideRingworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms
- 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.
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