3 doctors weighed in:
Is ringworm actually a worm?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No worms involved!
Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection and can spread to other parts of the body or to other people.
Treatment is usually with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams. Rashes that don't go away easily, or those that keep returning after treatment, should be evaluated by a doctor. People with diabetes get more fungal infections, and have a harder time getting rid of infections.

In brief: No worms involved!
Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection and can spread to other parts of the body or to other people.
Treatment is usually with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams. Rashes that don't go away easily, or those that keep returning after treatment, should be evaluated by a doctor. People with diabetes get more fungal infections, and have a harder time getting rid of infections.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology
In brief: Is ringworm a worm
No. Ringworm is caused by a fungus that affects the top, outermost layer of skin.

In brief: Is ringworm a worm
No. Ringworm is caused by a fungus that affects the top, outermost layer of skin.
Dr. Robert Bader
Dr. Robert Bader
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors