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Ringworm: Overview


Ringworm infections are caused by a fungus. This fungus is called dermatophyte-type fungus. This fungus causes ringworm in human body at different places. The infections caused by ringworm infections are also called tinea infections. Commonly ringworm affects the toes (athlete's foot), groin (ringworm of the groin) and body (ringworm of the body).

This fungus thrives in warm and humid environment. It is contagious. It can be transferred from animals to human beings and from a human being to another human being. If you have ringworm at one place in the body and if you scratch that place and then touch another place, you can infect yourself at another place in the body.

Article created on: August 7, 2006

Know about the three ringworm types below:

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