Help Your Child Avoid Ringworm

Ringworm is a type of fungus that grows best in warm, moist places such as locker rooms, swimming pools and in the folds of your skin. The resulting itchy rash can be especially irritating for children, so your family should take steps to avoid contracting ringworm.

“Your child should never share sports gear, towels or sheets with another child,” says Sandra Zakroff, MD, family medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “If your child participates in a sport, he or she should always wear sandals or shoes in the locker and shower after having physical contact with other children.”

Zakroff_Sandra_Launch_Photo_bluebgRingworm spreads through skin-to-skin contact, so if someone in your family shows symptoms, you should treat it right away to prevent it spreading. If left untreated, ringworm can cause the skin to crack and become infected. Ringworm can usually be treated with over-the-counter creams.

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