- Are you worried over scaly patches of reddened skin on your child’s scalp or torso?
- Do these eruptions form a circular pattern as they begin to spread, with a healing centre and ever-expanding lesions?
The infection mostly spreads in the following ways:
- Contact with an infected person or animal
- It can also be picked from infected articles of clothing, and sharing combs, towels, etc.
- Excessive sweating presents perfect conditions for the responsible fungi to thrive and increases the chances of infection
Despite being notorious for spreading very quickly, ringworm infections can be easily contained. Here are some effective treatments and precautions:
- Most infections clear up with regular applications of OTC fungal medications like naftifine, griseofulvin, and tinactin. Shampoos containing selenium sulfide are used for scalp ringworm.
- Check for open lesions and let the children wear loose, cotton clothing so that they do not sweat excessively.
- Two or three wet dressing can loosen scales and reduce inflammation.
- Ensure children do not have wet skin, especially around the toes, fingers, neck, and groin.
- Have your toddlers wear sandals in locker rooms and pool areas.
- Set aside the daily use items of the infected children from the rest of the family members.
- Checks pets for ringworm infections, and get adequate treatments if necessary.
Disclaimer: The above information is commonsense reflection drawn from general experience. If you are looking for expert medical advice, please consult your doctor.