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Ringworm. View of a red circular lesion caused by a fungal infection ringworm on the skin on the neck called tinea corporis. It is highly contagious; the commonest forms of this disorder are athlete's foot tinea pedis and tinea capitis (scalp). Ringworm is caused by various species of fungi including Microsporium, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton. Infection is often due to direct contact or acquired from animals or swimming pools, showers, soils and carpets. Symptoms may vary according to the site of infection. Antifungal creams and tablets are usually used to clear the infection.
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