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How Do Kids Get Ringworm?


Kids get ringworm through personal contact, pets, shared personal items, showers, public pools, locker rooms, genetics, and heavy sweating.  There are a variety of circumstances that can contribute to your child catching ringworm. It spreads easily, and most children are not diligent concerning their hygiene, especially when they are away from home.

Personal Contact

Ringworm is extremely contagious and can easily be spread by touching another child who has the condition. It can also be spread by touching anything the infected child has come in contact with.


Ringworm will thrive on the family pet and can be transmitted through direct contact or contact with something the pet has touched. Cats are more likely to catch ringworm, but dogs can also become infected. Horses, cows, pigs, goats and guinea pigs can also carry this fungus.

Shared Personal Items

Children will willingly share their brush, comb, towel and even clothing. All personal items should be cleaned before use.

Public Pool

Ringworm thrives in moist environments and is easily spread by walking barefoot in a pool area.

Gyms and Locker Rooms

Gyms and locker rooms pose the same risk as a public pool. It is best to wear shoes in any damp public area.


Research suggests that some children may be genetically prone to catching ringworm, but this does not mean that infection is unavoidable.

Heavy Sweating

Children who are dressed too warmly may sweat excessively, which increases the risk of contamination.



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