Ringworm is caused by a fungus infection of the skin, often transferred from puppies or kittens who have it.
It responds well to appropriate treatment.
Antifungal Cream. Buy Tinactin, Micatin, or Lotrimin cream at your drug store. You won't need a prescription. Apply the cream twice daily to the rash and 1 inch beyond its borders. Continue this treatment for 1 week after the ringworm patch is smooth and seems to be gone. Successful treatment often takes 3 to 4 weeks. Encourage your child to avoid scratching the area.
Contagiousness. Ringworm of the skin is mildly contagious. It requires direct skin-toskin contact. The type acquired from pets is not transmitted human-to-human, only animalto- human. After 48 hours of treatment, it is not contagious at all. Your child doesn't have to miss any school (or day care).
Treatment of Pets. Kittens and puppies with ringworm usually do not itch and may not have any rash. If ringworm patches are seen, call your veterinarian. If no patches are present but ringworm recurs in your child, also contact your veterinarian. Also have your child avoid close contact with the animal until he or she is treated. Natural immunity will develop in animals after 4 months even without treatment.
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Instructions for Pediatric Patients, 2nd Edition, ©1999 by WB Saunders Company.
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, pediatrician and author of Your Child’s Health, Bantam Books, a book for parents.