Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)

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What is a ringworm? Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a very common skin infection that can be found in both people and many species of animals. Among the veterinary society this infection is also called dermatophytosis. Ringworm, or dermatophytosis, is caused by many types of fungi and it’s not a worm at all. The name ringworm comes from the typical appearance of the infected patch of skin in the form of a ring.
As we said, there are many types of fungi that can cause ringworm, some of them are exclusive to humans, some affect animals and can be transferred from animals to humans by direct contact, and some ringworm fungi live in the soil and sometimes if the right conditions are met they can affect both humans and animals.

Domestic animals, like dogs and cats, are not the only animals that can be infected by a ringworm. Many species like sheep, goats, cattle, rodents, rabbits and birds.

On the infographic below you ca find the basic information about ringworm, how it is transmitted, how it is treated and how to prevent it.

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