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Ringworm in Children

  • Overview

    Ringworm is a skin 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.

    • Different fungi, depending on their location on the child's body, can cause ringworm.
    • The most common types of ringworm include athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm of the scalp, nails and body.
    • Because the fungi can live indefinitely on the skin, recurrences of ringworm are likely. Treatment may need to be repeated.
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