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Can i get ringworm from my pet?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 super contagious to healthy people, so it is hard to predict how much contact with a person or animal it takes for one to get a rash.
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: Fungus (tinea) can be acquired from the environment. In fact, the most aggressive, red, and larger types of ringworm are from animals so its important to get a fungal culture to determine what organism it is so u can receive the appropriate therapy.
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Baaad Boy.: Yes. Ringworm is a common fungal skin infection otherwise known as tinea. Ringworm most commonly affects the skin on the body (tinea corporis), the scalp (tinea capitis), the feet (tinea pedis, or athlete's foot), or the groin (tinea cruris, or jock itch). http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/ss/slideshow-ringworm

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