Is a ringworm a protist or a fungus?

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Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus.  There are several areas where ringworm can attack:  scalp, groin area, feet, and the skin of the body; often there are several patches of ringworm on a person at one time.

Ringworm usually does not necessitate a visit to the doctor,...

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Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus.  There are several areas where ringworm can attack:  scalp, groin area, feet, and the skin of the body; often there are several patches of ringworm on a person at one time.

Ringworm usually does not necessitate a visit to the doctor, and will respond to self-treatment in about four weeks with over-the-counter anti-fungal sprays, powders, or creams.  Most of these treatments contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar ingredients.  Patients should daily change sheets.

Sometimes antibiotics are also needed if treatments do not alleviate the symptoms.

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