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Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that is annoying but usually not dangerous.
The most common cases of ringworm are found in children age 2 and older. Adults and babies can also get ringworm but it is not as common as it is in children.
Ringworm initially shows up as a red circular patch. Within a day or so, the patch will start to have a raised red ring around it. The ringworm infection can show up anywhere on the body and can either be dry and scaly or moist with pustules (tiny blister like bumps).
If your child has ringworm, chances are they contracted it from another infected person or even an animal. The infection is spread through contact and could have even come from walking around in a pool area that another infected person walked on. It is believed that a humid condition will allow ringworm to survive longer.
If you suspect that your toddler has contracted ringworm, you can treat it yourself with over the counter anti-fungal creams. It’s important to make sure that you wash your hands after applying the cream and that other children in the home not come in contact with the rash as it is easily spread.
In rare circumstances, ringworm could require medical attention. If the ringworm does not go away within three or four weeks, consult your paediatrician. There are stronger medications available to treat ringworm, but a prescription is needed.



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