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** How Do You Catch Ringworm? **
By Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com Guide
Updated January 21, 2007
About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical
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Ringworm is common in children, and although parents are quick to blame
their pets for giving their kids this rash, the family dog or cat isn't
always to blame.
So how do kids get ringworm?
Often, it is like many other infections they get and they simply get it
from other kids at daycare or school or even from infected family members.
There are types of ringworm fungi that do infect pets and wild animals
though, and although it is likely a rare source of infection for children,
there are some that are even found in the soil, so there are many different
sources for a child's ringworm infection.
You can even get ringworm by having contact with objects that have had
contact with an infected person or pet, such as a brush, towel, or hat.
If your child has ringworm and you have a pet, especially a kitten or a
puppy, then you should likely check your pet for a rash, or contact your
veterinarian to make sure your pet isn't infected and the source of your
child's infection. This can be important so that your child doesn't get
reinfected over and over.
Finding the source of the ringworm infection also becomes more important if
your child's ringworm keeps coming back
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