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Ringworm

What is ringworm?

  • It is a fungal infection that may affect the body, feet, or scalp.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Occurs mostly in children between the ages 3-9 years old.
  • More common in African American children.
  • Of the skin
    • Red, circular patches with raised edges, and central clearing
    • Cracking and peeling of the skin between toes
  • Of the scalp
    • Patchy areas of dandruff like scaling with or without any hair loss
    • Redness and scaling of scalp with broken hairs or patches of hair loss

Incubation and Contagious Period

  • Incubation and contagious periods are currently unknown.

How does the fungal infection spread?

  • Ringworm spreads from direct person to person contact when sharing combs, brushes, towels, clothing, and/or bedding.
  • This fungal infection is able to spread from contact with infected persons or animals.
  • Ringworm is mildly infectious so long as the lesions of the skin are not treated.

How is it controlled?

  • Early treatment of those who are infected.
  • Examination of siblings and other household contacts.
  • Do not share ribbons, combs, hairbrushes, or other things.
  • Cover skin lesions.

Caregiver, Teacher, and Family Roles

  • Report the infection to staff members of the child care programs or school for decisions and action related level of care for the ill child.
  • Give all medication as prescribed.
  • Note any areas of the skin or scalp that might be infected.
  • Do not allow the sharing of bike helmets, hats, combs, brushes, barrettes, scarves, clothing, bedding, or towels.
  • Restructure dress up corner with disposable outfits or have them washed before more children wear the same outfits.

Group Settings

  • Exclude children from group settings and readmit once the child has started treatment.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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