Ringworm (Tinea) is a contagious fungal infection that can affect the scalp, body, feet, and nails. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with worms! The name comes from a characteristic red ring that appears on the infected person's skin.  On the scalp, ringworm begins as a small pimple that becomes larger, leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness. Infected hairs become brittle and break off easily. Yellowish crusty areas sometimes develop. On the body, Ringworm appears as a flat, round patch. It can appear anywhere on the skin except for the scalp and feet. The most common area of infection is the groin. The rash gradually grows and expands, forming a ring. Additionally, a person might have more than one patch, and these might overlap. Ringworm can be itchy! On the foot, ringworm is more commonly called athlete's foot. It appears as a scaling or cracking of the skin, especially between the toes.

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