Worms don’t cause ringworm. Rather, this superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. The fungi are microscopic organisms that can live off the dead tissues of your skin, hair, and nails. Ringworm is characterized by a rosy ring of small blisters or a ring of scaly skin that matures outward as the infection spreads. Though children are especially susceptible to catching ringworm, it can affect adults as well.
Ringworm may involve the hands, particularly the palms and the spaces between the fingers, as well as the groin, legs, arms, and even face. Tinea manus is a common companion of tinea pedis or ringworm of the feet.
Also called tinea corporis, ringworm of the body is closely related to athlete’s foot, tinea cruris and ringworm of the scalp, tinea capitis. Ringworm often spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.
Antifungal medications are used to treat ringworm. Mild ringworm often responds to antifungal products that you apply to your skin. For more-severe infections, you may need to take antifungal pills for several weeks.
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