Ringworm is a superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, that is caused by fungi, not a worm. It is so named because ringworm is characterized by a red ring of scaly skin. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how ringworm develops, what it looks like, its symptoms, treatment, and much more.
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Ringworm is a common skin infection otherwise known as tinea. It is caused by a fungus. While there are multiple forms of ringworm, the most common affect the skin on the body (tinea corporis), the scalp (tinea capitis), the feet (tinea pedis, or athlete's foot), or the groin (tinea cruris, or jock itch).
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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.
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Worms don't cause ringworm. Rather, this superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, is caused by fungi called dermatophytes.
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Ringworm of the skin usually causes a very itchy rash. It often makes a pattern in the shape of a ring.