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Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. The fungi lives on the dead tissues on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection of the skin of the body is known as tinea corporis. If it occurs in between the toes then its is called as athlete’s foot, if it spreads to the groin then it is called as jock itch and ringworm of scalp is known as tinea capitis.
Ringworm often spread through direct skin to skin contact with the infected person.
Risk of having ringworm are higher if:
Ringworm rarely spread to the deeper layers of the skin thus there is no serious illness apart from people who have weak immune system require long time to get rid of the infection.