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Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the scalp, the skin of the body (particularly the groin area), the face, the feet (athlete’s foot), or the nails. The fungus that causes ringworm of the body resides in humans, animals, and in the soil; while the fungi that cause ringworm of the foot and nails live only in humans. Despite its name, this infection has nothing to do with worms. Its name is derived from the characteristic red ring that may appear on an infected person’s skin. Ringworm is also known as tinea corporis (Collins, 2003; Directors of Health Promotion & Education).

 

How do people get ringworm?

·         From direct skin-skin contact with an infected person or pet.

·         Indirectly, through contact with objects or surfaces that an infected person or pet has           touched, such as hats, combs, clothing, linen, stuffed toys, or carpets.

·         Rarely, by contact with soil (Directors of Health Promotion & Education).

 

Symptoms

Ringworm of the skin generally appears 4-10 days after contact, while the symptoms of scalp ringworm usually become evident after 10-14 days.

 

On the body or face

·         A rash develops, initially the size of a 5 cent piece.

·                As the rash grows, it takes on a reddened, raised appearance, with scaly patches, a mildly inflamed border and a pale centre.

·         Itchiness (Collins, 2003; keepkidshealthy.com, 1999-2009; Leary, 1990).

 

On the scalp

·         Ringworm on the scalp is called tinae capitis.

·         It may cause the hair to break off, resulting in bald spots.

·         It produces flakes which resemble severe dandruff.

·         Sometimes a kerion or an inflamed pus-filled area may develop.

·         Usually, itchiness (Collins, 2003; keepkidshealthy, 1999-2009).

 

Of the foot – athlete’s foot

·                Scaling or cracking of the skin, especially between the toes (Directors of Health Promotion & Education).

 

Of the nails

·                A fungal infection of the nails causes them to thicken, become discoloured and brittle.

·                The nails may become chalky and disintegrate (Directors of Health Promotion & Education).

 

Treatment

·                For infections on the face or body, your doctor may recommend an anti-fungal lotion or cream to be applied directly to the infected area.

·                If the infection is widespread, or also includes your child’s scalp, an oral medication may be required.

·                Infections on the scalp are much more difficult to treat; a course of medication may be prescribed for up to 6-8 weeks.

·                Your doctor may also suggest the use of an anti-fungal shampoo to help heal the infection more quickly.

·                Sometimes close relatives are given selenium sulphide twice weekly to prevent them from becoming asymptomatic carriers of tinea capitis (people who are infected, do not have symptoms, but are contagious to others).

·                It is usually unnecessary to keep your child out of school or day-care when she has a ringworm infection (Collins, 2003; keepkidshealthy.com, 1999-2009; Directors of Health Promotion & Education).

 

Prevention

·                Complete treatment, as per your doctor’s instructions, even if symptoms have disappeared.

·                Discourage the sharing of personal items, such as combs, hats or towels.

·                Keep your child away from infected people or animals.

·                Ensure that the infected person or animal who is the source of the infection gets treatment (Collins, 2003; Directors of Health Promotion & Education).