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Ringworm on Body (cont.)

What Are Causes and Risk Factors of Ringworm on the Body?

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; and
  • sharing bedding, towels, or clothing or having close contact with a person who is infected.

Is Ringworm Contagious?

Ringworm is highly contagious and can be spread from person to person, as well as by clothing or linens used by an affected person, or from household pets. To keep ringworm from spreading

  • avoid touching suspicious areas;
  • maintain proper hygiene by washing the hands and body frequently and laundering the linens and clothes of an infected family member separately; and
  • avoid contact sports such as wrestling until you have been treating the sores for at least 48 hours.
  • If pets have ringworm, take them to a veterinarian for prompt treatment, vacuum areas where the pet spends time, disinfect surfaces and pet bedding, and wash the hands after handling a pet.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017

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