fungal infection located on the epidermis
Dermatophytes skin fungi
Dermatophytes only live on the dead keratin protein on the outer layer of skin and cannot live in mucus.
The cat has ringworm going down it's body and lost most of it's fur.
This individual has ringworm on his chest.
Ringworm effects nails, hands, feet, scalp, groin, body, face.
Nails- causes nails to become yellow, thick, and crumbly
Scalp- begins with small bumps that develop a circular pattern when the patches grow larger
Feet- may cause thickening and scalping of the skin
Groin- chafed, reddish, itchy, and painful rash in the groin
Body- flat, scaly, round spots on the epidermis
Face- red, scaly patches
- Keep skin clean and dry. Change socks and underwear at least once a day.
- Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing
- Do not share clothing, sports equipment, towels, or sheets.
- Wear slippers or sandals in locker rooms, showers, and public bathing areas..
- Take your pet to a veterinarian if it has patches of missing hair, which may be a sign of a fungal infection and avoid contact with pets that develop ringworm or have bald patches.