Contrary to what its name suggests, ringworm is not a worm or parasite. Instead, it is a fungal infection that commonly affects the skin and scalp. It thrives in moist, warm environments and can be transmitted from person to person, or even from animal to person. Ringworm may be uncomfortable, but it is not a severe condition. Treatment with a topical antibiotic is easy. Here are 10 of the most common symptoms of ringworm.
The fungus that causes ringworms gets its name for the distinctive red, ring rash it causes. The ring can appear anywhere on the body, though it prefers warm, moist places like the groin, the bottoms of the feet, and the underarms. The rash is typically a small, red, flaky ring in an almost perfect circle.
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