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Detecting Ringworm in Children

Having children comes with a lot of responsibility, including caring for their skin. It’s not uncommon for them to develop dry, itchy skin, even as newborns. Something most parents are unaware of keeping an eye out for, is the risk of ringworm in their kids. We wanted to discuss the best ways to help detect this infection and a bit about what it entails.

Believe it or not, ringworm does not have a single thing to do with worms of any kind. It is an infection of the skin that is contagious and involves fungus. Ringworm is not painful or dangerous to your child’s health, but it can be irritating, unpleasant, and itchy. Babies and adults can contract ringworm, but it is most common for children ages two and older. Ringworm can affect the body and the scalp. When it affects the scalp it is known as tinea capitis. When it affects the body it is known as tinea corporis.

Take a good look at your child each time you get him or her dressed or when giving them a bath. Inspect the skin for any issues that might be present. If ringworm has been contracted, your child will exhibit a scaly patch of skin that is often no larger than the size of a quarter. A ringworm rash can appear almost anywhere on your child’s body and can be either moist or dry.

If the ringworm rash was found on the scalp you will notice that it has a much different appearance than on other areas of the body. It is even possible that your child could have bald spots on their head. The ringworm will also likely cause the scalp to become patchy or scaly. Children with ringworm on the scalp can also develop an area of inflammation that can be moist and swollen. This area of inflammation typically has tiny bumps on it too.

It’s not uncommon for a child to contract ringworm. It can be worrisome for a new parent who has never experienced it before, but it poses no danger to the child. Children can contract ringworm from other children who have it and even adults who have it. Children can also contract ringworm from infected towels, sheets, hats, combs, brushes, and any other clothing.

Ringworm survives best in climates with a lot of humidity, which can be a big factor in children contracting the skin condition. Some dermatologists even think that it’s possible for a child to contract the condition genetically. They also recommend trying to keep your child from sweating excessively, as this can be a leading factor to him or her contracting ringworm.

Do you suspect your child might have ringworm? Are you worried about the condition of your child’s skin? Contact Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey today to schedule an appointment for your child or to have your questions answered about ringworm. Call the office at 609-443-4500 to speak with a knowledgeable, friendly member of our staff.

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