Does Ringworm Mean I Have Worms?

Childhood Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on July 09, 2020

Ringworm (tinea corporis) rash on the shoulder

Image Source

Copyright © ISM / Phototake -- All rights reserved.

Worms don't cause the skin condition known as ringworm. Rather, this superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. Fungi are microscopic organisms that can live off the dead tissues of your skin, hair, and nails, much like a mushroom can grow on the bark of a tree.

Ringworm is characterized by a red ring of small blisters or a red ring of scaly skin that grows outward as the infection spreads. Though children are especially susceptible to catching ringworm, it can affect adults as well. Read more about ringworm.

Slideshow: Ringworm Pictures Slideshow: A Collection of Photos

Article: Understanding Ringworm - the Basics
Article: Understanding Ringworm - Symptoms
Article: Understanding Ringworm -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Video: Post Vacation Rash?

Show Sources


Image: Copyright © ISM / Phototake -- All rights reserved.

Text: "Understanding Ringworm - the Basics", WebMD Medical Reference

© 2020 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. View privacy policy and trust info