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Ringworm is the common name for the skin infection caused by a special group of fungi; it is not caused by a worm at
all. The fungi feed upon the dead cells of skin and hair causing, in people, a classic round, red lesion with a ring of
scale around the edges and normal recovering skin in the center. Because the ring of irritated, itchy skin looked like a
worm, the infection was erroneously named. The fungi responsible are called "dermatophytes," meaning "plants that
live on the skin" thus the more correct term for ringworm is dermatophytosis. The characteristic "ring" appearance is
primarily a human phenomenon. In animals, ringworm requently looks like a dry, grey, scaly patch but can also mimic
any other skin lesion and have any appearance.
Dermatophytes are known to thrive deep in the hair follicles. When an infection develops, fungi can damage the hair
shaft that result to falling out hair or breaking of skin. When the infection remains untreated, it can spread to other
areas of the body that may lead to round or irregular shaped lesions that come in various sizes.
In dogs, canine ringworm is one of the most common skin disorders because it can be highly contagious. Studies
show that canine ringworm can be acquired when a dog come to close contact with another dog that is infected with
the fungal infection or when the dog stays in a place where the fungus thrive. Canine ringworm can also be
transmitted when a dog get in touch with contaminated items such as collars, beddings, or blankets.
Canine ringworm symptoms may include circular patches of broken hair that is spreading rapidly, existence of evident
skin lesions, crusty, scurfy, or scaly skin, and itchy and painful hairless skin patches. Once one or two of these
symptoms, dogs should be brought to a veterinarian for proper diagnosis.
Commitment is the key to success especially if you have more than one