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Health Update - Ringworm

10 January 2019 (by admin)

Ringworm is a common fungal infection. It's not caused by worms. You can usually buy medicine from a pharmacy to make it go away.

The main symptom of ringworm is a red or silver rash. The rash may be scaly, dry, swollen or itchy.


Ringworm can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp.The rash is usually ring-shaped, unless it's on your face, neck or scalp 

If you think your child or a family member has ringworm

Speak to a pharmacist first.

They can look at your rash and recommend the best anti fungal medicine. This might be a cream, gel or spray depending on where the rash is.

You usually need to use anti fungal medicine every day for 2 weeks. It's important to finish the whole course, even if your symptoms go away.

A pharmacist will tell you if they think you should see a GP.

t's fine for your child to go to school or nursery once they have started treatment. Let your child's teachers know they have it.