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Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Its name is very contrary ringworm is not caused by a worm but by parasitic fungus. Ringworm is also known as "Tinea", Tinea is the Latin name for a growing worm. The infection causes a rash that may have a ring-shape with a raised edge. It can be quite itchy and flaky. When the scalp is infected, there is often an area of baldness. Fungal infections of the feet are usually very itchy and cause cracking between the toes. Ringworm, which isn't a worm at all, can affect not only the skin, but also the nails and scalp. It can exist anywhere on the body.
Other alternative names of Ringworm: Dermatophytid
Types of Ringworm
Following are the types of ringworm, or tinea:
Causes of Ringworm
Ringworm is a common skin disorder, especially among children, but it may affect people of all ages. The agents are called the dermatophytes, which means skin fungi. They rarely invade deeper into the body and cannot live on mucous membranes, such as those in the mouth or vagina.
Signs & Symptoms of Ringworm
Ringworm is not a condition to be taken lightly. The symptoms of ringworm can be highly contagious and spread easily. The symptoms of ringworm include:
Diagnosis of Ringworm
Ringworm is diagnosed primarily based on the appearance of the skin.
Preventions of Ringworm
To prevent ringworm:
Treatments of Ringworm
A severe or persistent infection may require treatment by a doctor.
What can parents do?
When to Call a Doctor
Generally, ringworm infections are not emergencies. But call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a bacterial infection, which can result from scratching.
A topical ointment or cream usually takes care of skin infections, but ringworm of the scalp or nails requires oral antifungal medication. Your doctor will decide which treatment is best for you.
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