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Ringworm


Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of your skin. It is characterised by an itchy, red circular rash with healthy-looking skin in the middle. People of all ages can be affected by ringworm, but children are particularly susceptible to it.

Ringworm is passed between people through direct skin contact and by sharing objects such as towels, hairbrushes and bedding. Pets such as dogs and cats can have ringworm, which they can pass on to people they come into contact with.

Ringworm gets its name from the characteristic ring that can appear, but it has nothing to do with an actual worm under your skin. Ringworm is closely related to other fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.  

It's really important, where possible, to prevent spreading the infection. You should avoid sharing towels, bedding or clothes with anyone diagnosed with ringworm.
 
If your child has ringworm, they do not need to stay off school. However, you should inform the school your child has the condition. In addition to treatment, your child should maintain a good level of personal hygiene to prevent the infection spreading.

You need to see your doctor if you or your child have ringworm of the scalp. It's really important, where possible, to prevent spreading the infection. You should avoid sharing towels, bedding or clothes with anyone diagnosed with ringworm.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
    


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