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What fathers need to know about ringworm

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 22-01-2007


  • Ringworm is often a misdiagnosis for other conditions, especially numular eczema and pityriasis rosea

  • Remember that athlete’s foot is unusual in preteen children. These children often have Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis or a contact dermatitis when they have an itchy red rash on their feet

  • Ringworm is only mildly contagious, so children undergoing treatment may continue to attend school or daycare. In addition to infected people, you can get ringworm from infected cats and dogs, so examine your pets if someone in your family develops ringworm

  • Tinea capitis is difficult to treat and the fungi that causes it have become resistant to griseofulvin, so higher doses are now used. Be sure to take this medicine with a fatty meal or glass of milk to increase absorption. You might also use a shampoo with selenium sulfide so that your children are less contagious.