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Ringworm on Body (cont.)

Ringworm on Body Causes and Risk Factors

Ringworm is very common. Human dermatophytes, which are transmitted by direct contact with other human ringworm sores, cause most ringworm infections. One can also acquire ringworm from the soil or through exposure to animals (commonly the household pet).

Risk factors for developing ringworm on the body include

  • direct contact with ringworm through an affected animal such as a household pet, or the soil;
  • living in a warm, humid climate;
  • having a weakened immune system (such as from HIV/AIDS, cancer, chemotherapy, diabetes, or certain medications);
  • athletes involved in contact sports, such as wrestling;
  • sweating in tight clothing;
  • using public showers or locker rooms;
  • sharing bedding, towels, or clothing or having close contact with a person who is infected.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2015

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