Is a ringworm a protist or a fungus?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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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Ringworm is actually a name used in general for a group of skin diseases caused by fungus infection.  The commonest type of ringworm infection is called athletes foot which generally develops between toes.

Protista are one of the five biological kingdoms of living organisms, the other four are monerans, fungi, plants, and animals. This group consists chiefly of such one-celled organisms as diatoms, protozoans, and certain algae.

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Fungus

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