ringworm


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ringworm

or

tinea

(tĭn`ēə), superficial eruption of the skin caused by a fungus, chiefly Microsporum, Trichophyton, or Epidermophyton. Any area of the skin may be affected, including the scalp and nails, but the most common site is the feet. That disorder is often called athlete's foot in the belief that the infection is contracted during the use of communal shower facilities. Actually, fungi are present on the bodies of most persons, but some individuals are more resistant to fungus invasion than others. Moreover, a prolonged moist, airless condition caused by excessive perspiration may subject a formerly resistant person to fungus invasion. Ringworm infection causes dry, scaly patches or blisterlike elevations, usually with burning or itching. Griseofulvin, a modified form of penicillin, is effective against scalp infection but is ineffective against foot fungi. In mild cases of athlete's foot, often the only treatment is to keep the feet scrupulously dry. In more persistent cases local antifungal ointments, sprays, or soaks are recommended.

ringworm

[′riŋ‚wərm]
(medicine)
A fungus infection of skin, hair, or nails producing annular lesions with elevated margins. Also known as tinea.

ringworm

any of various fungal infections of the skin (esp the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patches
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For healthy dogs and puppies, ringworm is self-limiting and usually infections resolve within a few months.
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Ringworm is very contagious, especially among elementary school children who share personal items.
Adoptions at the county animal shelter and Save the Pets also are on hold for any kitten that might have been exposed to ringworm, and they can't take in new kittens until the outbreak is contained, said Kylie Belachaikovsky, volunteer and community outreach coordinator for Lane County Animal Services.
Dermatophytes are a group of morphologically and physiologically related molds some of which cause well-defined infections: dermatophytoses (tineas or ringworm).
Vail Reese has been scrutinising the actress' scabs and pimples for years and he insists the ringworm on her arm is just the latest in a long line of pigment problems for the actress.
A Sounds like ringworm, a fungus which grows on the skin.