Ringworm (Tinea)

What is ringworm?


It is a common fungus infection of the skin, scalp, nails, and feet. Symptoms include:



How does ringworm spread?


It spreads by:



When is ringworm contagious?



How do I know if my child has ringworm?


If you see the symptoms, see your doctor. Ringworm is diagnosed by the symptoms, exam with a special light, cultures, microscopic exam of skin/scalp scrapings.


What should I do if my child has ringworm?


Treatment: Follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor:



Should my child stay home?


The child can return to school after treatment is started. Notify your Head Start program.


To limit the spread:



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