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What are tinea infections (ringworm)?
Different fungi, depending on their location on the child's body, can cause ringworm, a condition characterized by a ring-shaped red, scaly rash or patches with clearing centers. "Ringworm" is a misleading term that refers to the circular appearance of the fungal lesion. There are no worms involved.
There is an increased risk of contracting ringworm if your child:
What are the most common types of ringworm?
The most common types of ringworm include:
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis or foot ringworm)
Jock itch (tinea cruris or groin ringworm)
Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis)
Nail ringworm (tinea unguium)
Body ringworm (tinea corporis)
The symptoms of ringworm may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
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