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A fungal (tinea) infection of the skin transmitted by person-to-person contact or by contact with infected surfaces, such as same towels or soaps, more common in boys than girls.


Commonest is around the groin (tinea cruris) and on the skin (tinea corporis)

Signs & Symptons

Lesions that itch badly and are red, circular, flat, scaling and have well-defined borders.


Fungal infection with one or more of 5 different fungi.

Risk Increases With

  • Excess moisture / sweating
  • Crowded or unsanitary living conditions


The fungi are so prevalent that total prevention is impossible.
To minimize risk:

  • Avoid continuous exposure to overheated humid environments.
  • Carefully dry feet and folds of the groin after a bath

Diagnostic Measures

  • Typical symptoms.
  • Examination by a doctor

Possible Complications

Secondary bacterial infection of ringworm lesions.

Probable Outcomes

Usually curable in 6 weeks with treatment, but recurrence is very common as most mothers stop treatment the day lesion disappears.


General Measures

For ringworm on the body:

  • Boil all clothing, towels or bed linens that have touched the lesions
  • Keep the skin dry. Moist areas favor fungus growth.
  • Make your child wear a cotton underwear. Change more than once a day. Avoid tight clothes.
  • If the area is red, swollen and oozing, use compresses made of 1 teaspoon salt to 1 pint water. Apply 4 times a day for 2 to 3 days before starting the local antifungal medication.


Your doctor may prescribe topical antifungal drugs as oral anti fungal drugs are generally not given in children.


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Contact your Doctor

  • You notice symptoms of ringworm.
  • Ringworm lesions become redder, painful and ooze pus.
  • Symptoms don’t improve in 3 or 4 weeks, despite treatment.
  • New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects.