The primary cause of ringworm is from several different microscopic organisms, belonging to a group called “Dermatophytes,” that live in the outer layer of the skin.
However it is often difficult to identify the source of the skin fungus. Different Dermatophytes cause Ringworm of the scalp, body, nails and feet (commonly known as athlete’s foot).
The warm, moist areas is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria where infection can thrive. Such as the body parts are where you tend to sweat, including the groin, feet and underarms. Ringworm tends to enter the body through a break in the skin, such as a scratch, cut, broken skin due to eczema or other open sore.
Ring worm gets spread through numerous forms of contact:
Person to Person – Common ringworm cause is direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. It can also be passed from an infection on the feet to other parts of the body, such as the hands or groin of the same individual. Causes of ring worm also include constant contact with infected flakes of shed skin.
Transfer from animal to Human – Ring worm also can be transfered from animals to human – by touching, petting or grooming them.
These infections appear as a patch of skin where their is fur missing in all types of animals. The ringworm infection can come from dogs, cats, cows, goats, pigs, horses, and even hamsters.People at the greatest risk of ringwrom include children, farmers, and people who work with animals.
Transfer from object to Human – Another indirect ringworm cause comes from making contact with objects or surfaces that have been touched by a person or animal that already has ringworm.These objects could include but are not limited to: clothing and hats,combs and brushes, bed sheets and towels, stuffed animals and toys, telephones, door knobs,keyboards, gym mats and weight equipment, and locker rooms and public shower stalls.
Soil to Human – In rare cases, the causes of ringworms infection can be attributed to contact with infected soil. There is the possibility that if soil does have sufficient nutrients,
the fungus that causes ringworm in humans can survive for an extended period of time. However, direct contact with severely infected soil for short periods of time are less likely to cause infection.