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A 32-year-old member asked:

are ringworms from cats and dogs?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Can carry it: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection of the skin (dermatophytosis) so the name is misleading. Yes -- dogs and cats can carry it and pass it to humans. Ringworm likes moist, warm conditions. For most people it is an itchy reddish annoying area on the skin. Look for bald spots on pets as the source of the ringworm. You and your pet can be treated with an antifungal to solve the problem.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes....but: Ringworm is just a lay term for a fungus that can be found in many sites. Furry animals, dirt & humans are the main carriers that infect humans. Before you give away fido or kitty be aware they are not the only source.

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A member asked:

How did my baby get ringworm?

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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 if he or she touches the lesion in someone who has ringworm, or if they touch a toy or an object or an animal that has the fungus.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is ringworm a contagious disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, somewhat: Ringworm is a fungal skin infection, often shaped like a circle on the skin. The fungus is contagious and can be passed from person to person, person to objects, and objects to persons. However, it is not known how much contact it takes to develop the rash. Many times, only one person in the family has the rash. A person usually has the rash on one part of the body, but not the rest of the body.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Should children be allowed to go to school with ringworm?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, they can go: Children with ringworm (Tinea corporis fungal skin infection) can go to school, but they should be under treatment with a cream such as Lotrimin (clotrimazole) AF anti-fungal cream. They should not be allowed to participate in wrestling until they have been using an anti-fungal cream for a week.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which organism killed the baby after eating uncooked hot dogs?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Who ate the hot dog?: If the uncooked hot dog was eaten by the mother during pregnancy, my guess would be listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes typically infects people with compromised immune systems, the very aged and the very young included. See the website of the centers for disease control for more about this foodborne illness and how to prevent it (http://www.Cdc.Gov/listeria/).
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?

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Dr. Robert Stuart
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No: There are differences in the way humans metabolize and react to some drugs compared to animals.

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