Do Humans Contract Ringworm?

Q:
Do humans contract ringworm?

A:
Humans may contract ringworm. Ringworm is a kind of infection of the skin caused by different fungus. It may lead to red, itchy, scaly, circular rash even hair loss. Ringworm is most common among children between the ages of 3 and 7, but it can affect adults, too. Besides, it may happen in several animals including cattle, horses, cats and sheep. And it may cause patches of hair loss on those animals. In some cases, it may even cause animal lesions.

The common causes of ringworm in humans include:

  • Sharing personal items such as hats, clothing, towels, and combs with others.
  • Exposure to other people who are suffering from ringworm.
  • Exposure to pets. (rare)
  • Using public exercise machines.
  • Wearing rented bowling shoes, ski boots, skates or roller skates.

If you think you may get ringworm, you should consult your doctor for advice.

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