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Ringworm on Body

Ringworm on Body Overview

Ringworm (or tinea corporis) is a common fungal infection resulting from dermatophytes, which are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of skin. The fungus that causes the ring-shaped rash remains outside of your body at all times. There is no actual worm involved. Ringworm can affect anyone at anytime. The estimated lifetime risk of developing any superficial fungal infection is 20%-30%. If you live in a warm, humid climate, have direct contact with active lesions on someone else (or a pet), or have a weakened immune system (as a consequence of medical problems such as diabetes, leukemia, or AIDS), your risk for developing ringworm is higher.

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The dermatophytes are a group of fungi (ringworm) that invade the dead keratin of skin, hair, and nails.

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