Ringworm is a contagious skin condition that is especially prevalent among children. According to a Health24 review, up to 20% of people will have ringworm at some stage of their lives.
Let's look at five body parts that are commonly affected by ringworm:
1. Scalp (tinea capitis)
Ringworm of the scalp mainly infects children, but adults can get it too. Pets may carry the fungal infection on their skin underneath their fur. Children often pet, groom, or play with their pets, not knowing they are infected, and end up getting infected too.
Animals leave traces of the fungus on surfaces they come into contact with, such as beds and couches. Once a person's head touches these surfaces, the fungus may infest their scalp. Sharing combs and hats with other people may also cause the fungus to spread.