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is ringworm contagious in the work place


Most common fungi in adults and children can be transmitted in play, close body contact, caps, contaminated clothing, and in some cases from animals to human beings.  To answer your question very specifically, I would need to know the kind of ringworm you are talking about.   If you are establishing policy in your work place, we would need to know more about that.  If there is no sharing of contaminated clothing and rubbing of heads, etc. then it probably is low contagium.  If animals are involved it can be high contagium.  For specifics, you should see your board certified dermatologist so that the kind of ringworm you are talking about can be evaluated and a more precise answer given.

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Charles L Heaton, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati