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What are signs that I have ringworm?

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Some people who are infected do have the scaly red ring that gives the condition its name -- but not everyone. If you get ringworm infection, you'll probably see bumpy red patches around your skin, but they won't necessarily take the shape of a ring. On your scalp, ringworm may look more like a flaky red pimple than a ring.

From: Myths & Facts About Ringworm WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Nemours Foundation: "Ringworm."

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Ringworm Myth-Busters."

ASPCA: "Ringworm."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Ringworm."

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: "Ringworm."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

Nemours Foundation: "Ringworm."

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Ringworm Myth-Busters."

ASPCA: "Ringworm."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Ringworm."

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: "Ringworm."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 16, 2018

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