Ringworm
A superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, which is caused by fungi, not a worm.
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Ringworm

A superficial skin infection, also known as tinea, which is caused by fungi, not a worm.

Symptoms:

  • This fungus causes oval or round flaky patches with raised and slightly inflamed borders that are itchy, hence the name “Ringworm”. 
  • They commonly appear in the groin area or on the head. 
  • There may be flakes of skin on the head that look like dandruff, or the hair may break just above the scalp.

Seriousness:

  • Take your child to a doctor who will prescribe an antifungal ointment for the rash.

Treatment:

  • Ringworm is not caused by worms, but by a fungus, so it will disappear quite quickly with an antifungal cream.

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