Top 20 Doctor insights on: Can you go to school if ringworm
Yes-: Ringworm is a fungal infection, not a parasitic infection. Unless one shares intimate apparel like underwear (hopefully not), then it's ok to go to school- just ensure that you observe excellent hygiene and wash your hands! (addendum- i'd avoid direct person-to-person contact in situations like gym class, if that is a required activity in your school). ...Read more
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
No: This is hard to pass to others. It requires direct contact with the site or spores from the lesions. Scalp infections can be passed through shared grooming tools. Cover the site (s) if you wish, but this is no reason to avoid school. ...Read more
First, make sure...: ...That it really is a ringworm; many circular rashes are assumed to be ringworm by inexperienced caregivers. If it really is ringworm, once treatment is started, it is okay for your child to go to school. Treatment depends on the location; if it's on the face or scalp, make sure your doctor gives you an oral treatment - creams and lotions won't get the job done in most cases. ...Read more
No, get treatment: Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is highly contagious especially thru skin-to-skin contact. It is easily treated and quickly responds to treatment (usually with topical antifungal creams). If your child is being treated then they can go back to school usually after 24-48 hours. The child should avoid direct contact or contact sports until rash has resolved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a custodian at a school. I work in the athletic dept. What can I do to protect myself from things like Staph infections, Athletes foot & ringworm?
Ringworm: We can't see your photograph on the medical education portion of health tap. Are you sure it is ringworm? How has it been treated to date? It is best to get a definitive medical diagnosis and if current medication regimen is not working - an alternate treatment can be recommended. ...Read more
Yes: "ringworm " is a misleading reference to a fungal infection. It has nothing to do with worms and yes it can be cured. Other than the scalp if it is a limited infection, topical medications otc or by prescription can be very effective. See your pcp or dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Ringworm: The term ringworm or ringworms refers to fungal infections that are on the surface of the skin. The name is derived from the early belief that the infection was due to a worm, which it is not. Ringworm is a fungal infection in the skin. Nevertheless, the name ringworm remains. Ringworm is contagious and can be passed from person to person by contact with infected skin areas or by sharing combs etc. ...Read more
Yes: I assume you are using a topical antifungal for the ringworm (a fungal infection of the skin and not actually a worm despite the name). If you are using a topical treatment and are swimming right after you normally apply the medication, wait until after swimming and then apply to avoid it being washed off before it has penetrated the skin. If it is a pill, swimming will have no effect. ...Read more
These are two very different diagnosis.
Impetigo is bacterial and treated with topical &/or oral antibiotics.
Ringworm or Tinea is fungal skin infection and is treated with topical antifungal creams and steroids.
Impetigo is crusty and pus like in nature
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/ringworm/basics/definition/CON-20021104 ...Read more
Infection: Secondarily infected. Please see physician for culture and antibiotics. ...Read more
Is this excema or ringworm? .2mths she's had this &I need an opinion this wed my stepdaughter going to dr.
Cant't tell: Without a visual I'm afraid no one can give you good advice on this one. Your best bet is to have it looked at in person by your doctor, especially if it has been going on that long. ...Read more
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