Ringworm is a fungus, not a real “worm”. It has been called this because it tends to grow slowly in a circle. It is common among children. They can have one or more places that are 1-3 inches in diameter.
Ringworm is very contagious.
It MUST be treated in order for your child to return to school. If your child’s clothes do not cover the area, they must have a bandaid over the area.
Use medicines that are antifungal compounds. Some examples are: Tolfinate, Tinactin and Lotrimin.
Several stores have “store brands”. These are fine, as long as it says “antifungal” on the label.
The medicine usually does not sting or burn unless your child has scratched the area. Depending on the size and number of lesions, it may take several days or weeks to heal completely. Treatment should continue until all the area(s) are completely well
See your Dr. if any of the following apply:
- the areas do not improve in a few days
- your child has numerous places
- they develop newly affected areas
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