Just now, I was watching TV with my family. Someone flipped pass Dr. Oz for a minute. He claimed that ringworm was caused by an actual worm. I tilted my head a little and thought 'what?'.
As a former athlete, I have had ringworm and athlete's foot several times. I have gone to the doctor for it at least once or twice. Ringworm is not a worm. It is a fungus. It can only be treated with a fungicide. I was under the assumption that everyone knew this. Especially, a Doctor of Medicine like Dr. Oz.
I have never seen his show before. Is he always this misinformed? It makes me wonder about other doctors on television. Are they like this too?
Well, I know 'Dr. Phil' has gotten into trouble for claiming to be a Dr.....
I had ringworm head to toe as a child. We got it from a cat we adopted. Totally a fungus. If it had been a real worm, I'd have freaked out much more than I did. Not sure about the tv doctor thing though, I don't watch much tv
I really hope he misspoke...
Most definitely a fungus. I looked Dr. Oz up, and he is a doctor(unless Wikipedia is telling lies), but I wouldn't want him operating on me if he seems to not know something that I knew when I was in elementary school (A kid in my class had ringworm and told me what it was).
Probably misspoke/misheard. There are a lot of "worms" out there: hookworm, tape worm, Guinea worm, pinworm... etc.
I love Dr. Oz!
Are you sure he was talking about ring worm? Because like dienekes said there are a lot of "worms" out there
I can imagine mis-hearing or mis-speaking 'pinworm' as 'ringworm'.
Okay, shows you how much I know, I though "ringworm" was an intestinal parasite, but I think I am thinking of "round worm".
Don't know much about worms, but I just learned a new thing, ring worm is fungus. Ha ha, not a biology major to say the least.