Ringworm is a very common fungal infection of the skin which starts as a small red spot and enlarges in a circular fashion clearing in the center as it enlarges. Most children will have a single lesion, but on occasion will develop more. Ringworm is contagious and is spread through direct and indirect contact. The incubation period is 4 to 10 days.
It is easily treated with preparations such as Lotrimin or Tinactin whichever your physician prefers. The first treatment renders the child non-contagious. If the scalp is involved, it may be necessary to take internal medications. In this case the child is contagious for 2-5 days and must remain out of school.
- A rash, which is generally ring shaped
- It may be itchy
- Usually found on face, arms or neck
- Rash usually begins small, red or colorless with raised edge at border
- It may be dry and scaly or crusty and moist
To help prevent spreading of ringworm:
- Contact your doctor
- Keep your child away from others until treated(at least 24 hours on medicine
- Cover area with a bandage
- Good handwashing
- Use separate towels and wash cloths for your child
- Clean items that may have been used by your child
- Discourage scratching as this may lead to the spread of the the rash
- Notify the school of this condition.
Any concerns you may have can be addressed by your school nurse.