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Ringworm Causes & Risks

Causes

Ringworm is caused by microscopic skin fungi that live on the outer layer of the skin. You can get ringworm from direct skin-to-skin contact with infected people or pets. It is also transmitted by sharing hats and personal hair grooming items (eg, hairbrushes, combs), and through contact with locker room floors, shower stalls, seats, or clothing used by an infected person.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for developing ringworm include:

  • Contact with surfaces (eg, seat backs, shower stalls), clothing, or personal grooming items used by an infected person
  • Skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or pet
  • Age: 12 or younger—ringworm of the scalp rarely occurs in children after puberty or in adults
  • Spending time in nurseries, schools, daycare centers, or locker rooms

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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