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Ringworm/Ringworm of the Head

Ringworm Policy

 

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.

 TREATMENT

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

 Thank you for your cooperation. 

Ringworm of the Head Policy

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.  If you look closely, you can usually see broken hairs that are only 1/16-1/8 inch long, sometimes an area will  be without hair. 

Ringworm is very contagious. 

It MUST be treated in order for your child to return to school.  A cap may be worn while treatment is being administered.

 TREATMENT

Your child needs to SEE A DOCTOR for some special medicine to take by mouth.  Because the hair is involved, creams will not be effective.  Your child can lose hair and it might not grow back if this is not treated.

 Return to School

Your child should not return to school until the doctor says they are not contagious any longer.  This could be a few days or 2-3 weeks.  Your child might take medication for 2-3 months in order to cure this condition.  Please bring a note from the doctor saying that your child can return to school.  We cannot allow them back to school without a note from the doctor.

 Thank you for your cooperation.