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First Aid: Ringworm

First AidRingworm is a common fungal infection of the skin seen most often on the scalp, body, feet ("athlete's foot"), or groin ("jock itch"). Ringworm actually isn't a worm at all — its name comes from how it looks, like a red ring or group of rings with clear centers.

Signs and Symptoms

On the skin:

On the scalp:

What to Do

Think Prevention!

Prevent ringworm by encouraging your kids to:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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