Dermatophytes are fungi that cause skin, hair, and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also sometimes known as "ringworm" or "tinea." Despite the name "ringworm," this infection is not caused by a worm, but by a type of fungus. Dermatophytes can live on moist areas of the skin, on environmental surfaces, and on household items such as clothing, towels, and bedding.
Anyone can get a dermatophyte infection, including animals. Click here for more information on pets and ringworm.
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What are dermatophytes?
Itching, redness, hair and nail changes…
Who gets it and how it can be prevented…