What are tinea infections? NYC New York NY

Different fungi, depending on their location on the body, cause ringworm. It is caused by a fungal infection--not an actual worm. Fungi on the skin, hair, and nail bed are called dermatophytes. Also referred to by doctors as Tinea infections, infection on the scalp, arms, legs, face, and trunk is characterized by ring-shaped, red, scaly patches with clearing centers. Tinea infections of the feet, nails, and genital areas are not generally referred to as ringworm, as they may not take on the typical ring shape. There is an increased risk of contracting ringworm and other tinea infections if a person:

Is malnourished

Has poor hygiene

Lives in a warm climate

Has contact with other people or pets that have ringworm

Is immunocompromised by disease or medication

Plays contact sports, such as wrestling 

Uses communal baths or locker rooms