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Skin Problems & Treatments Health Center

Ringworm of the Skin - What Increases Your Risk

Your risk of getting ringworm is higher if:

  • You come in contact with a person who has a fungal infection or with a carrier, a person who has the fungi but does not have symptoms.
  • You are susceptible to fungal infections or you have had a previous fungal infection.
  • You have an impaired immune system due to a disease such as diabetes or cancer.
  • You live in a warm, damp climate.
  • You wear tight-fitting clothes or you let your skin stay damp for long periods, such as by staying in a wet bathing suit or sweaty workout clothes.
  • You are a wrestler.

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Last Updated: September 25, 2014
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