First Aid: Ringwormenparents is a common fungal infection of the skin. Here's what to do if your child has ringworm.ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch, round rash, circular rash, circle-shaped rash, tinea, skin infection, skin, nails, scalp, fungi, germs, dermatophytes, kerions, patchy lesions, can i prevent getting ringworm?, taking care of cuts and scrapes, antifungal medications, good hygiene, dermatology10/20/200906/27/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/15/201853b41386-3a76-418e-a1bd-91e324f15bdf<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="">Ringworm</a> is a common fungal infection of the skin seen most often on the scalp, body, feet ("<a href="">athlete's foot</a>"), or groin ("<a href="">jock itch</a>"). Ringworm isn't a worm &mdash; its name comes from how it looks, like a red ring or group of rings with clear centers.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <h4>On the skin:</h4> <ul> <li>starts as a red, scaly patch or bump</li> <li>itching</li> <li>discomfort</li> <li>usually shaped like a circle with raised, tiny bumps around the edges (often with a scaly center)</li> </ul> <h4>On the scalp:</h4> <ul> <li>may start as a round, reddish, pimple-like sore</li> <li>becomes patchy, flaky, scaly, or crusty (may first be mistaken for <a href="">dandruff</a>)</li> <li>causes swelling, soreness, redness, bald patches (usually circular), and broken hairs</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Call your doctor if you think your child has signs of ringworm.</li> <li>Follow the doctor's treatment instructions carefully. Depending on the type and site of the infection, these may include using over-the-counter or prescription cream for the skin, or prescription oral (taken by mouth) medicine for the scalp.</li> <li>Discourage your child from picking at the infected area because this could cause another type of infection.</li> <li>Call your doctor if the area gets redder, is swollen, or develops pus.</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Prevent ringworm by encouraging your kids to:</p> <ul> <li>not share combs, brushes, hair accessories, pillows, hats, cellphones, and headphones</li> <li>wear flip-flops at the pool or in the locker room shower</li> <li>wash sports clothing regularly</li> <li>shower after contact sports</li> <li><a href="">wash their hands</a> well and often</li> </ul>
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