Conditions

Ringworm

Ringworm

The first thing to note about ringworm is it doesn’t actually have anything to do with worms! The condition, which, depending on where it occurs, is also known as tinea and athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection of the skin and takes it name from the ring-shaped rash it produces.

It’s a fairly common condition in children and it can be caught from direct contact with an infected person, or with something an infected person has handled. The fungal spores which carry the infection can also live on wet floors, in the earth, and if your dog or cat has ringworm, they can pass it on to humans. The fungus in the infection feeds on the skin, breaking down the tissue. It can enter through cuts or grazes, and wet or sweaty skin is less able to fight it off. Boys who do a lot of sport and who are either sweaty for a long time, or who don’t dry themselves off properly in the shower, may be more open to infection.

The main symptom of ringworm is a red, raised, flaky and itchy rash with a distinctive circular shape. This can appear on the scalp, where it may cause hair in the infected area to fall out, anywhere across the body, around the groin in boys (especially if they wear an athletic support or jockstrap), underneath fingernails and toenails, and on the feet.

Once you suspect a case of ringworm, let your doctor have a look. (Some, though not all, forms of the infection glow under ultraviolet light). The treatment simply involves applying antifungal cream to the infected areas, or in some cases taking an antifungal pill. Kids will want to scratch the area, but don’t let them as this will both damage the skin and spread the infection around the body. Also prevent them from sharing hairbrushes or towels. Ringworm thrives in dark, damp, warm areas, so it’s important to keep your child clean and dry. Finally, if there’s ringworm in the household and you have pets, take them along to the vet to make sure they are not the source.

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My son has a rash type of thing around his groin area. I took him to my go who said it was a fungal infection and prescribed him anti fungal cream for it, that was 5 weeks ago now n it seems to be getting worse and the cream doesn't seem to be helping it. Any help or advice would be gratefully received





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my daughter has been diagnosed with a ringworm on her scalp back in April. she only got treated by Gp with a shampoo and cream which didn't help but spread it more across her scalp and Gp didn't not want to refer her to dermatologist. Now after 6 months,when her scalp got completely infected and skin started passing discharge that's when GP finally heard my request and we have been referred to hospital where we have been told she was supposed to be treated orally as well, in the first place. the problem is the medication she is taking now for over two weeks does not seem to show any improvement as the fungus is still spreading across and she is getting more swollen up places on her scalp full of infection which are passing discharge. I feel hopeless as all we are getting from doctors "it will get better" where in fact it is not. She is only 5 yrs old and slowly loosing more hair n skin is getting more infected even the medication is being applied. Could you please direct me how to sort this as another appointment to see a doctor is at the end of December and this seems too log and even the prescribed medication is only until beginning of October.





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I first appeared in Baseballs 'Hall Of Fame', which is where I contracted Ringworm. Anti-fungal cream cleared it up in around three weeks





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My son was mis diagnosed for two weeks, he has a large discharging kerion on his scalp and has now lost a lot of hair. He now has oral antifungal tablets for 8 weeks, steroids and antibiotics for two week. Will his hair grow back and how long will recovery take. His lymph glands are also swollen.





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I had some almost the same few weeks ago I went to my doctor he looked at it and he ask me to buy shampoo called ketocanazole it didn't work and I buy a cream called canesten didn't work too I tried everything but my friend from Filipino gav me a (methyl salicylate camphor+menthol ) omega pain killer liniment but u need to open them first b4 u put it on then I think u can find this in Chinese shops





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My daughter (13 months) has what looks like Ringworm. I have been treating it with Clotrimazole 300mg (1% w/w), will this treat it effectively? I use seperate towels for her, when it comes to bath times. I have read the section on Ringworm but are there any other precautions should I take?





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Dont worry.I had Ringworm & it went away in 3 or 4 weeks.

My Grandaughter has a rash that covers her whole body.The Doctors are at a loss to what it is. There are 2 parts to this rash it started with what was first thought to be ring worm, she had a very large raised rash that was the size od a small teacup, this then became infected and the other rash has now covered her completly. It does itch she is 7 and very upset, her eyes are like little slits on her face. There is a 20 week wait to see a consultant, she was so bad yesterday took her to A&E they were also at a loss to what it was and took a blood test to rule out other symptoms. Please can you help her.





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Ringworm is a general term used to refer to a number of different contagious fungal infections of the skin, scalp or nails. The condition is known as ringworm because it can leave a ring-like red rash on the skin. It does not have anything to do with worms. Read More »