Do Ringworms Cause Diarrhea?

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Ringworm is not a worm infestation, but an infection caused by a fungus. Doctors call the infection tinea or dermatophytosis. (See Health Profile for DERMATOPHYTOSIS.)

Fungal infections of the skin are surprisingly common. Unfortunately, when they have a name like ringworm, they cause panic and misunderstanding. Parents become emotional about this issue, feeling that they have been negligent in their child's hygiene. School nurses may fear epidemics and demand that the child be removed from the...

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