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

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Peter Winters
Dermatology

In brief: Yes

Many fungi reside in the ground, they vary from locale to locale.

In brief: Yes

Many fungi reside in the ground, they vary from locale to locale.
Dr. Peter Winters
Dr. Peter Winters
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