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Is it true that you can get a ringworm from dirt?

Is it true that you can get a ringworm from dirt?

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 appearance of a worm. So you don't get "a ringworm"; you get ringworm. And yes, if dirt gets under the skin through a cut or scrape, and contains the ringworm fungus, it can cause ringworm. An antifungal cream should clear up most cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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How easily is ringworm passed on to humans from cats? My kitten has it, the internet makes it seem like you'll get it just from being near him. True?

How easily is ringworm passed on to humans from cats? My kitten has it, the internet makes it seem like you'll get it just from being near him. True?

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 kitten. You can have the vet give medicine to get your cat cured as well. You would have to touch the cat in order to get the infection. ...Read more

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If you play in dirt can you get a ringworm?

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 helps. ...Read more

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Can I get ringworm from my pet?

Can I get ringworm from my pet?

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. ...Read more

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What happens if someone has ringworm and they touch you, do you automatically get it?

What happens if someone has ringworm and they touch you, do you automatically get it?

No: Fungal infections don't automatically spread with brief touch, especially if your skin is intact. ...Read more

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How do people get ringworm?

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 are found in the soil, on pets, and on other people, just to name a few! ...Read more

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Can i get ringworm from my cat even if i don't touch him?

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 spore to cause infection. Infected animals are continuously dropping spore covered hairs. Some animals are carriers, who never show signs of skin irritation themselves but can infect others readily. ...Read more

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Can you get ringworm from a mushroom farm?

NO: Both are fungi, but no correlation whatsoever! ringworm is a microscopic one unrelated to ant mushroom you consume! ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more