ringworm; tinea; ;
Tinea is a fungus which causes infections of the skin and scalp. It causes a rash which is usually called 'ringworm' if it is on the head or body, 'athlete's foot' if it is between the toes or 'jock itch' if it is in the groin.
Some types of tinea can be caught from animals, especially cats and dogs, but many can only be caught from other humans. Ringworm has nothing to do with worms!
To find out about tinea:
Raising Children Network
Department of Health, South Australia
Better Health Channel (Victorian Government)
Royal Children's Hospital (Victoria)
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.