Recognize how ringworm is spread, from physical contact to contact with contaminated objects – Skin infections consist of various forms, one of which is ringworm or tinea corporis. This condition is characterized by a red circular rash that is very itchy.

The cause of ringworm is a fungus, which is transmitted through direct contact with sufferers or indirect contact with contaminated objects or soil.

“Fungal infections are usually spread through direct contact between the fungus and the skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Jason Miller at the Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Contaminated objects such as yoga mats or other sports equipment that may be in contact with the owner’s skin for a long time.

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“Because the fungus from the skin can move to the object,” added Miller, reported by Insiders.

A person is at high risk of developing ringworm if they share things with other people, the air is humid and hot, and if they wear tight clothing.

red rash on baby's neck [shutterstock]
Illustration of ringworm [shutterstock]

Ringworm risk factors

Anyone can get ringworm, but clinical instructor of dermatology Hadley King of Cornell University says some groups are more likely to get ringworm, such as:

  • People with weak immune systems
  • People who live in warm climates
  • People in sports groups with a lot of skin-to-skin contact, such as wrestling

In addition, Miller advises being careful about sharing towels, clothing, or bedding with people who may be infected with mold.

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“Because it could be a risk factor,” said Miller.