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Ringworm is an infection of the skin, hair, or nails caused by a fungus
It gets its name from its appearance on the skin, because the rash is often ring-shaped.
Other names for ringworm include tinea, dermatophytosis, athlete's foot (ringworm of the feet), and jock itch (ringworm of the groin). Despite the name, ringworm is not caused by a worm.
You can get ringworm from people, animals, or places such as:
Ringworm is easily diagnosed and treated
A doctor can do simple tests to determine whether a rash is ringworm. Treatment is usually an antifungal cream applied to the site of infection or antifungal pills taken by mouth.
If you have ringworm, you can avoid spreading it to others
Ringworm can be prevented
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