What is Ringworm?

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Ringworm is one of the most common children’s dermatology problems, but it is very easy to recognise and treat. If you think that your child might have ringworm, you should see a doctor through our children’s dermatology service for treatment.

What Causes Ringworm?

Despite the misleading name, ringworm is not actually caused by a worm. In fact, it is a fungal infection in the skin. The name comes from the appearance of the rash, which usually looks like a small reddish or silvery ring. The affected patch of skin can also feel scaly or itchy. The rings usually appear on the arms or legs, but they can affect any part of the body. When the infection affects the scalp, it can cause small patches of hair loss.

The ringworm infection is very contagious, so it is important to take precautions to stop it spreading. The affected area should be washed and dried carefully every day. You should also wash clothes and bed linen frequently and avoid sharing them with others. It is important to prevent your child from scratching as much as possible, as this can spread the infection to other parts of the body. You should also see a doctor as soon as possible so that the infection can be treated.

Treatments for Ringworm

Ringworm can easily be treated by your doctor at the children’s dermatology clinic. The dermatologist will prescribe an antifungal cream or tablets, which should quickly clear up the infection. If the ringworm is affecting your child’s scalp, an antifungal shampoo may be recommended alongside the tablets. It is important for other members of the family to check themselves for signs of ringworm too, in case it has spread. Everyone who is affected will need to be treated in order to get rid of the infection.

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