Ringworm

Common Name(s)

Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection on the skin that is characterized by a red, circular rash with clear skin in the middle. There are many forms of ringworm, including ringworm of the head (tinea capitis), jock itch (tinea cruris), athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and ringworm of the body (tinea corporis). The infection is caused by a type of fungi, called dermatophytes, which live off dead skin cells, hair cells and nail cells. The infection is not caused by a worm, but gets its name from the circular shape of the rash. Ringworm is more common in children, but it is still possible for adults to be infected. Ringworm of the scalp can be spread by sharing hats or combs and ringworm of the body can be spread on towels and clothing.

The main symptom of ringworm is an area of flat, red and scaly skin that can become itchy. As time goes on, the patch of scaly skin develops a circular raised border that grows in size. A person can get a ringworm infection from another infected person, from an infected animal or from an infected object. Risk factors include being a child younger than 15 years, living in damp or crowded conditions, sharing clothing or bedding with someone with an infection, participating in sports with skin to skin contact, or wearing tight or restricted clothing. A doctor can usually diagnose ringworm just by looking at the infected area. Sometimes, looking at a scraping of the affected area under the microscope may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Over-the-counter antifungal lotions and creams are enough to treat mild cases of ringworm. Some severe cases may need oral antifungal pills. If you or your child have been diagnosed with ringworm, talk with your doctor to decide which treatment is best for you.

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The terms "Ringworm" returned 39 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Ringworm with "rosette pattern"].
 

Author(s): Hafsae Bounniyt, Badredine Hassam

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Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Favique ringworm treated with terbinafine in a child of 11 years].
 

Author(s): Khalid Lahmadi, Mohamed Elhaouri

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Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The mass campaign to eradicate ringworm among the Jewish community in Eastern Europe, 1921-1938.
 

Author(s): Shifra Shvarts, Pnina Romem, Yitzhak Romem, Mordechai Shani

Journal: Am J Public Health. 2013 Apr;103(4):e56-66.

 

Between the years 1921 and 1938, 27,600 children were irradiated during a mass campaign to eradicate ringworm among the Jewish community in East Europe. The ringworm campaign was the initiative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee together with the Jewish health maintenance ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Ringworm" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Study of Home-based Ringworm Treatment and Follow-up by Visiting Nurses and Physicians: Interventional Effects].
 

Author(s): Emiko Uchida, Yoshihiro Imazu, Yoshitaka Yoneta, Katsunori Yamaura, Junko Suzuki

Journal: Yakugaku Zasshi. 2018 ;138(5):611-613.

 

 The aim of this study was to assess the effects of cooperation by visiting nurses and physicians experienced in general patient care, dermatology, and podiatry for the treatment of ringworm. Questionnaires were delivered to 1184 patients receiving home-based care by one of 14 participating ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Diagnosis and management of scalp ringworm.
 

Author(s): L C Fuller, F J Child, G Midgley, E M Higgins

Journal: BMJ. 2003 Mar;326(7388):539-41.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Study With Nåva Foot Cream in Patients With Tinea Pedis Interdigitalis
 

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Condition Summary: Tinea Pedis

 

Last Updated: 19 Sep 2018

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Isotretinoin In Preventing Recurrences In Chronic Recurrent Dermatophytosis
 

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Condition Summary: Tinea

 

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2018

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Last Updated: 6 Apr 2018

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