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Germ Type: Fungus
Dermatophytes cause common skin, hair and nail infections, including ringworm and tinea. These infections can affect the skin on almost any area of the body, such as the scalp, legs, arms, feet, or groin. Symptoms can include itchiness, redness, scaling, or cracking of the skin. A ring with irregular borders and a clear central area can also occur; hair loss can occur with scalp infections. Two common tinea infections are tinea pedis (athlete's foot) and tinea cruris (jock itch).
Dermatophyte infections typically occur on moist areas or folds of the skin, and can also contaminate items in the environment, such as clothing, towels and bedding. It's possible for a dermatophyte infection to become infected by bacteria. Ringworm is easily spread between children, and is also a common infection for animals such as farm animals, dogs, cats, hamsters, and guinea pigs.