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Ringworm has Nothing to do with Worms

A reader left a comment on another article asking us to explain the origin of ringworm. Because ringworm is often misunderstood, we thought we would devote an article to it. Before going any further, we should note that we are not medical doctors, and that we are making no attempt to diagnose or treat any medical condition. If our reader, or anyone else, suspects that they or their pets have ringworm they should consult an appropriate medical professional. One of the reasons that ringworm is so misunderstood is that it has nothing to do with worms. Ringworm (the technical name is tinea) is a skin infection caused by fungi that live on the dead tissues found on one’s skin, nails, or hair. Tinea has two other common names that are used when the infection appears on either the feet or Continue reading [...]

Feline Worm Identification

Ringworm lives in dead skin, while hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, and whipworms, live in the cat’s intestines. Also known as dermatophytosis, ringworm is an infection in the dead layer of the skin, hair, and nails. The fungus uses dead tissue, called keratin, in the skin as a source of nutrition. Continue reading [...]

Can You Get Ring Worm from Ticks?

Ringworm is most often transmitted through damp areas such as public showers and locker rooms. The second most common means of contracting ringworm is from pets. Continue reading [...]

Ringworm Cures

Oral ring worm treatment options include griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grifulvin, and Gris-PEG), terbinafine, itraconazole (Sporanox), and fluconazole (Diflucan). When used properly, these treatment options will not have a negative effect on the liver. Continue reading [...]

Signs of Cat Worms

Even a small number of heartworms can be serious. Signs of heartworm include respiratory stress (difficulty breathing or rapid shallow breathing), gagging or vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Continue reading [...]

Could My Skin Infection Actually Be Ringworm?

If you have a round swollen red ring on your skin and the inside of it appears to be flaking, you might have ringworm. But don’t panic. Ringworm isn’t an actual worm. Ringworm is a fungal disease of the skin and hair. Continue reading [...]
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