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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.

Some symptoms:

  • 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.