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by Badash M

(Tinea Infection; Dermatophyte Infection)



When ringworm appears on the skin, it makes circular, reddish patches with raised borders. Eventually, the patches grow larger, and the centers of the patches turn clear, giving a ring-like appearance.
Symptoms of ringworm on other parts of the body vary, for example:
Ringworm symptoms on the body usually appear 4-10 days after exposure. Scalp symptoms will appear in 10-14 days.


American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Family Physicians




Canadian Family Physician



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Tinea infections: athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: . Created July 1998. Updated May 2007. Accessed June 18, 2008.


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