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Are Children Or The Elderly More Susceptible To Ringworm
Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more
Ring worm : Before a child goes to school with a fungal infection or "ring worm" , he or she should already be receiving medical treatment in the form or topical or oral medication prescribed by their physician to reduce the likelihood of the condition spreading since it is contagious . Check with your physician and school nurse to obtain their procedures and policies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will I be more susceptible to ringworm being on isotrentinoin? Should I avoid touching one who has it?
No with reservations: Isotretinoin is an anti-inflammatory not an immunosuppressant, so it does not directly make you more susceptible to ringworm or superficial fungal infections. If it dries you out though, your protective skin barrier can be compromised and make you more prone for surface infections. Use normal precautions for contact with infected people. ...Read more
Recurrent tinea: The most common cause of recurring ringworm is not using the topical medication long enough (it should be applied at least 3 days after the lesion is no longer visible). Another consideration would be re-exposure from a source such as playmate or pet. When the treatment becomes difficult with topical medications, oral antifungals may be indicated. They are available by prescription only. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I work with children for a living, one of the children had ringworm and i caught it and it won't go away. What can I do?
See dermatologist: See a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Can you explain how someone gets ringworm and what it looks like in the beginning stages? With 2 small children i want to be aware of the signs.
Direct contact: Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is contagious so children may get it when they come in contact with someone who has it or by sharing towels, linen, or even combs as some children get ringworm of the head after a hair cut. Although circular like a ring, the edges may be raised while the center is pale. In early stages however it may just be a cluster of small papules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo be used in a 8 year old children's skin to treat ringworm? If so, how many times a day, how and for how long?
What is the best way to clear up and prevent the spread of ring worms in children? We are treating them with prescription cream but is there a oral medication a ten year old can take? She has multiple ringworms at this time.
Yes: The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage. The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In treatment only: The main source of infection for Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, is by contact with rodents and their fleas. Therefore, children may be more likely to handle rodents or other animals in certain circumstances. Otherwise, the elderly may have a poorer prognosis as in most other illnesses. Tetracyclin, a common treatment, is not suitable for children under 8 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?
Many: Older adults will often present with atypical symptoms of high blood sugar. Lethargy, dehydration, confusion. Younger people will present with a high level of acid in their blood(ketosis). Both are very serious and need urgent attention by a health care provider, as they both can result in death if not idnetified and treated early. ...Read more
Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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