What Causes Ringworm?


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According to Mayo Clinic, ringworm is caused by mold-like parasites that live on the cells in the outer layers of the skin. Ringworm develops on the top layer of the skin and appears as a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle.

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What Causes Ringworm?
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Mayo Clinic also explains that ringworm of the body is related to athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm of the scalp. Ringworm is treated by applying an anti-fungal cream to the affected areas. Oral anti-fungal pills can be used in more-severe cases. Ringworm can be spread by human-to-human contact, animal-to-human contact, object-to-human contact and soil-to-human contact.

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