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What is ringworm?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Ringworm is a fungal infection that's also called tinea corporis when on the body, tinea capitis when on the head, tinea pedis when on the feet, and tinea cruris when on the groin. Forget all the Latin words unless you want to impress the other parents; what you need to remember is that ringworm is caused by a common skin fungus and can be identified by a raised red area with defined edges.
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Diana K. Blythe, MD
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Ringworm is a fungal infection, not an actual worm! Since fungus likes warm, moist places in the body, you often will see it show up in the creases and places which stay moist. The groin, between the toes, underneath tight braids which trap water underneath are very common places. 

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