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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ringworms (Dermatophytosis) and Your Child

This fungal infection is contagious.

1. School

When children go to school, there is always the possibility of being exposed to various diseases. Children play and come into close contact with each other in the classrooms and on the playground. If it is suspected that your child has come in contact with someone that has ringworms, the school may notify you to that effect. If your child is suspected of having ringworms, your child may be sent home from school. The school may expect you to have your child treated before returning to school, to minimize the risk of infecting other children. They do not want an increase of this fungus.

2. Where

While ringworms may not cause a lot of discomfort other than itching. The appearance of if may look horrible. It may appear on various parts of the body including the head, arms, face, and legs. It can be spread by usage of the same towels or from cats and dogs. The symptoms of ringworms might include itching and dry skin around the area affected.

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3. Treatment

According to Wikipedia.org topical application might include miconizale, ketoconazole, or tolnaftate. Wikipedia also noted that oral applications might include itraconazole, fluconazole, or terbinafine. Sometimes doctors may refer you to a specialist when they find that topical applications are seemingly not working. The specialist will probably take a culture of the fungus to be sure that it is not something more serious. A specialist may determine to treat the fungus very aggressively with oral and topical application for at least a month or more. Generally the oral application will be somewhat flavored so your child will possibly not mind the taste of it. Once treatment has been started, the doctor generally will advise you that your child can return to school.

Although there are various holistic and home remedies available for treatment of ringworms, it might be a good idea to see a doctor that has been trained in this specialty.


Siblings are going to play and touch each other that is a given. So be mindful of towels, face rags, and bathing them. Make them aware that they should be mindful http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifnot to touch those areas of the ringworm.

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