What is it? Your child may be harboring ringworm if you see a red, scaly bump that turns into a ring, or a series of rings, with scaly edges and a clear center. It may be itchy or painful.
Age to expect it. Children of any age are susceptible to ringworm.
How long until it goes away? If left untreated, ringworm will stick around, but once treated it responds fairly quickly.
Parts of body most affected. Ringworm can appear on any part of the skin, from the torso to legs. It thrives in moist, warm spaces, so any place where there is moisture, like the spaces between toes, can be a favored spot.
Time of year to watch out for it. Any time of year.
What causes it? Generally ringworm is passed from person to person since it is a contagious fungus, so coming into contact with someone who has it is the most basic cause.
Helpful hints. Since ringworm thrives in moist spaces, wearing shoes in communal wet spaces (like the swimming pool) can help prevent your child from contracting it. Household pets can also spread the fungus, so keeping them properly treated and vaccinated is key.
Home remedy hint. Pull out the fruit salad! Rubbing a slice of papaya or lemon on ringworm can help alleviate the itching and diminish the severity of the appearance of the rings.
When to consult a doctor. If you suspect your child has ringworm, you should take them to the doctor as it will not go away on its own. Most often a doctor will direct you to an over-the-counter antifungal cream or ointment.
Medical myths debunked. Strangely enough, ringworm is not a worm at all. It’s a fungus. The name came from the appearance of the skin condition.