A to Z: Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgRingworm, or dermatophytosis, is a highly contagious infection of the skin, hair or nails caused by a type of fungus called a dermatophyte.dermatophytois, dermatophytid, dermatophyte, epidermomycosis, ringworm, tinea, athlete's foot, jock itch, fungal infection, tinea barbae, tinea corporis, tinea pedis, tinea cruris, tinea capitis05/29/201304/11/201904/11/2019e320d699-8db4-4693-ae27-fe1b4b0ddc68https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-ringworm.html/<p><em>May also be called: Ringworm; Tinea; Epidermomycosis</em></p> <p><a class="kh_anchor">Ringworm</a>, or dermatophytosis (der-ma-tuh-fy-TO-sis), is a highly contagious infection of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin, hair, or nails</a> caused by a type of fungus called a dermatophyte. It affects people of all ages but is particularly common in kids.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Dermatophytosis is classified according to the part of the body that is affected. Athlete's foot and jock itch are two common forms of the condition.</p> <p>Ringworm isn't caused by a worm, but gets its name from the appearance of the rash. Shaped like a ring, the infection is red and swollen on the edge and healthy-looking in the center. Either one ring or several overlapping rings can appear on the skin. These raised patches are scaly and itchy and may blister and ooze. Ringworm on the scalp can cause temporary bald spots. Ringworm on the nails can cause them to become thick, discolored, and brittle.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Ringworm is often <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ringworm-sheet.html/">treated</a> with over-the-counter antifungal ointments. In some cases, doctors prescribe antifungal pills to be taken by mouth.</p> <p>Scratching the affected area can sometimes cause a bacterial infection, which can be accompanied by a fever, pus, drainage, or increasing redness. If you see signs of&nbsp;a fungal or bacterial infection, contact your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Tinea CapitisTinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is a fungal scalp infection that can be cured with medication.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-tinea.html/c52f1e6a-de67-42b3-8d24-73f65341f165
A to Z: Tinea Corporis (Ringworm)Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a common skin infection that usually gets better with treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-tinea-corporis.html/6388dfe6-1993-4be5-b5e9-2265d465d5e5
A to Z: Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch)Tinea cruris, also known as jock itch, is a skin infection of the groin area caused by several types of fungi often found on the skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-tinea-cruris.html/d30f836a-86db-4963-b836-f8a245a1125e
Athlete's FootAnyone can get athlete's foot. Find out how to avoid this itchy skin condition in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/athletes-foot.html/85bef75e-92a7-4985-926e-6fc873e3c4bf
First Aid: RingwormRingworm is a common fungal infection of the skin. Here's what to do if your child has ringworm.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ringworm-sheet.html/53b41386-3a76-418e-a1bd-91e324f15bdf
Jock ItchJock itch is a pretty common fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. It is generally easy to treat - and avoid - by following a few simple steps.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/jock-itch.html/e5dfe949-25c9-4915-8555-4e6f87b8ae61
RingwormRingworm isn't a worm at all - it's the name for a type of fungal skin infection. The good news is that ringworm is easy to treat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ringworm.html/3b8e50e5-000d-43f4-bffa-88f82d52b707
Skin, Hair, and NailsOur skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/ff7f1929-9dfc-404b-91a9-b45e51633223