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Ringworm

Childhood Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 19, 2021

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Worms don't cause ringworm. Rather, this superficial skin infection, alsoknown as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. Fungi are microscopicorganisms 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 ofscaly skin that grows outward as the infection spreads. Though children areespecially susceptible to catching ringworm, it can affect adults as well. Read more about ringworm.

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