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Ringworm is basically a skin infection that is caused by a fungus. This fungus causes the ringworm to spread along the top layer of the skin. Ringworm is also very contagious; it spreads with skin to skin contact with another person or even animal that has it. A lot of people get ringworm from being in locker rooms and swimming pools, where the area is dense and wet. The most common symptom of ringworm is a ring- shaped rash, which can be very itchy and red. Ringworm can be treated by either putting cream on it or taking a pill. Ringworm can sometimes take a very long time to heal, because sometimes the cream may not work. This causes your skin to blister and crack.

Q1: Sounds gross! Is the named derived simply from the circular shape, or is there an infectious "worm" as part of the fungus? (R. Hackle)
A1: The name just come from the shape that it makes, there is no actuall worm part of the infection.

Q2:Since ringworm can take a long time to heal does it affect any internal organs? (J. Murray)
A2: No, ringworm cannot infect any internal organs.

Q3: Since the most common symptom of ringworm is a ring - shaped rash, is it possible to have ring worm but it not be in a ring shaped form? (S. Hardewig)
A3: Yes it is possible to have a rash not in the shape of a ring. Although most of the time it is, other rashes can just be blotchy bumpy rashes.

Q4:Are there different types of ringworm? (CRICH)
A4: Yes, there are many different types all over the body.

Q5: Is there a certain spot on the body that is more likely to get ring worm? (T.Bartlett)
A5: There is not one certain spot that is more likely to get it. Ringworm can appear anywhere on the body.

Q6: Can animals be subjected to ringworm or is it only humans? (CChapman)
A1: Yes, animals can be diagnosed with ringworm, as well as humans.