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What is ringworm?

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Despite the name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms. It's an infection that leaves round, scaly, red rashes and patches of hair loss on the scalp. Ringworm is most common in children between the ages of 3 and 7, but it can affect adults, too. It’s spread through close contact or by sharing hats, clothing, towels, and combs. In rare cases, it's possible to catch ringworm from a dog or cat.

From: Scalp Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, Sanofi Pasteur U.S.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Dandruff."

CDC: "Head Lice, Treatment."

Zitelli, B.J.; Davis, H.W., eds. , 5th ed., Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier. Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Folliculitis

American Academy of Dermatology: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: “Lichen Planus.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , May 2014.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 13, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, Sanofi Pasteur U.S.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Dandruff."

CDC: "Head Lice, Treatment."

Zitelli, B.J.; Davis, H.W., eds. , 5th ed., Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier. Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Folliculitis

American Academy of Dermatology: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: “Lichen Planus.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , May 2014.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 13, 2019

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