What is Ringworm?
Although it’s called ringworm it’s not actually a worm. Ringworm is a fungus. This highly contagious fungal infection affects both pets and humans. Ringworm spores can be found on the animal or in the environment such on the bedding — anything that comes in contact with the animal’s hair.
How it’s Transmitted
Transmission occurs by coming in direct contact with the infected animal’s hair or by coming in contact items in an environment that have also been in contact with the animal’s hair.
Many healthy adults usually have a resistance to the fungal infection.
Symptoms of Ringworm
The typical symptom is a crusty skin patch with missing hair or broken-off, stubble-like hair. Lesions most commonly appear on the head, ears, tail or nails.
Ringworm lesions may or may not cause irritation and itching.