Despite its name, ringworm is caused by a fungal infection and commonly affects humans and domesticated animals. This condition was originally named ringworm because it causes raised red rings on the body, it is also commonly called tinea and has the official name dermatophytosis. There are many different species of fungi that cause ringworm and they also affect different areas of the body. The most well known conditions caused by ringworm are athlete’s foot and jock itch. Ringworm is best avoided through prevention, but it can be treated with antifungal creams and oral medication in severe cases. In the past ringworm was treated with mercury, sulfur, iodine, antiparasitic medication and x-rays in hairy areas. Continue reading to find out who discovered that fungi that causes ringworm.
Who discovered ringworm?
Ringworm has been known for many years, but the cause wasn’t discovered until 1843. A Hungarian doctor named David Gruby discovered a fungi the he called Microsporum audouinii. This fungi can cause infection of the hair and nails. It was once commonly associated with a form of ringworm called tinea capitis, but other forms of tinea are now usually responsible for this. David Gruby is now recognized for his pioneering research in the areas of medical microbiology and fungal infection.