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Is it true that you can get a ringworm from dirt

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Ringworn - yes.: Ringworm isn't a worm; it's a fungal infection of the skin that results in a red circular rash with darker red around the edge of it, giving the appea ... Read More
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Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Ringworm contagious: Ringworm is commonly found on kitten and can easily pass to humans as a skin infection. But it is not an absolute that you will get ringworm from the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Flinchbaugh
29 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Exposure to contaminated soil may result in ringworm. No way to tell if the soil is infected so simply best to wash off after exposure. Hope this hel ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience Internal Medicine
No age limit: It is a skin infection...Do not think there are age limits on this.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
17 years experience Dermatology
Fungus: It is caused by a fungus that gets into the top layers of skin. It is not a systemic infection, it is just in the skin. The offending types of fungi ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
Direct contact: Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. The typical skin lesion of ringworm is round and scaly, and it is itchy. Your baby can get ringworm i ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: It is possible to get ringworm (tinea corporis) from both humans and household pets, depending on who has the fungus. Tinea is contagious, but not sup ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
57 years experience General Surgery
NO: Both are fungi, but no correlation whatsoever! ringworm is a microscopic one unrelated to ant mushroom you consume!
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raphael Peralta
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not quickly: Not that quickly.
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Ringworm: The spores of dermatophyte fungi are extremely hardy in the environment and can live for years. All that is necessary is for the skin contact with a s ... Read More

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