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How Do You Get Ringworm?
You can get ringworm from touching another person who is infected. Or from using items such as clothes, towels, or hairbrushes that were used by someone with a ringworm infection. Using common areas like gyms, shower stalls, and floors if used by someone with ringworm.
You can catch ringworm from touching a pet or animal or from coming into contact with the hair or dander of an infected animal. Dogs and cats, as well as farm animals can be infected with ringworm. Often this infection looks like a patch of skin where fur is missing.
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.
There are several species of dermatophyte fungi. Different species of fungi come from different kinds of animals or even from soil thus determining the ringworm species can help determine the source of the fungal infection.
Some kinds of Ringworm live on damp surfaces, like the floors on public showers or locker rooms. This is one the most common method of contracting ringworm, the second most common is from pets.
Some people are at greater risk from ringworm than others. The fungus takes advantage of those with reduced immune capacity. Young animals and children, elderly people, those who are HIV+, people on chemotherapy or highly stressed people and animals are at high risk.
Athletes participating in contact sports, such as wrestling and football, are at higher risk for contracting ringworm.
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