What Is Ringworm?

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By james
Oct 16, 2020
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All around us are pathogens that can cause infections. Some can be serious, but the majority will do little to no harm. Some will infect us internally, while some will only infect us on the surface of our bodies. Ringworm is a type of infection that will affect our skin, and is very unlikely to cause us any real harm.

Ringworm is a common disease that is easy to catch. It is also fairly easy to treat and is unlikely to cause too much discomfort for those that have it. The vast majority that do have it will go on to make a full recovery with no lasting damage done.

1. Tinea Corporis

Tinea Corporis is the technical medical term for ringworm. The condition is related to some other well-known infections, including tinea cruris, which is more commonly known as jock itch. Another is tinea pedis, which is also known as athlete’s foot. There is also tinea capitis, which affects the scalp.

Despite the name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but rather by a type of fungi. It is not usually a serious condition even though it can be quite uncomfortable. The condition is also relatively easy to treat. It can go on to cause potentially serious complications, but such cases are very rare.

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