Q15. What is ringworm?

A15. Ringworm is a contagious skin rash which mainly affects children although it can develop in babies and adults. This fungal infection appears as a series of scaly patches on the skin which have a smooth centre surrounded by a hard, crusty edge. This rash is either wet or dry and develops on almost any part of the body. Why is it called ringworm? This is due to the fact that the rash appears as round patches of skin which have a smooth centre and a ring shaped border.

These ring shaped patches are far less obvious on the scalp and can be mistaken for cradle cap. Find out more in our ringworm section.

FAQS Index : Guide to Baby Skin Rashes

FAQs Intro

  1. Why do babies develop skin rashes?
  2. What are the most common skin rashes in babies?
  3. What is cradle cap?
  4. What is baby acne?
  5. What is baby eczema?
  6. What is heat rash?
  7. What are hives?
  8. What is urticaria?
  9. What are milia?
  10. What is impetigo?
  11. What types of birthmarks do babies get?
  12. What causes chickenpox?
  1. What causes measles?
  2. Can babies get German measles (rubella)?
  3. What is ringworm?
  4. Can babies develop psoriasis?
  5. What is scabies?
  6. What is roseola?
  7. What are viral skin rashes?
  8. Does my baby have a wart?
  9. What is the treatment for baby skin rashes?
  10. Why is the MMR vaccine controversial?
  11. Can you prevent baby skin rashes?

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