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  1. Parent Information • School Age Children Parent Information School Age Children Ringworm • If the rash does not get better after two weeks of treatment, or if the rash spreads to your child’s scalp, take your child to his or her doctor or nurse practitioner. Your child has a rash, which may be ringworm. The instructions below may help you handle this health problem at home. • Ringworm is not a worm. It is an infection caused by a fungus. • Ringworm of scalp requires treatment with an oral antifungal medication that can be prescribed by your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner. • Ringworm on the body can be treated with an antifungal cream that you put on the rash. Ask your pharmacist to help you choose one for your child. Read and follow the directions on the medicine label. Information from DHEC’s Child Care and School Exclusion Lists: Children with ringworm of the scalp must remain out of child care or school until they have begun treatment with a prescription oral antifungal medication. Your child may return with a medical note. • Do not allow your child to let others wear his or her clothes or hats unless the clothes are first washed in hot water and dried in a dryer. • Do not share combs, brushes, hats, hair clips or barrettes with your child or other people in the household. Children with ringworm of the body may return with a parent note once they have begun oral or topical antifungal treatment, if the affected area can be completely covered by clothing. • Except for a bath, keep your child’s skin dry. Wet skin makes the rash worse. Children with ringworm should not participate in close contact PE or sports activities. • After two days of treatment, the infection is no longer contagious. Check with your child’s school to see when your child can return. Exclusion from school is not required, but treatment is still recommended. For additional information about exclusion when a child has ringworm, see the DHEC Child Care and School Exclusion Lists of Contagious or Communicable Diseases at http://www.scdhec.gov/health/disease/exclusion.htm • Ringworm is almost always caught from another person. • Ringworm can be caught from a cat or dog. If you have a pet, have a veterinarian check your animal for ringworm and tell you how to take care of your pet. Child’s Name School Nurse Date www.scdhec.gov/health/mch/wcs School Bureau of Maternal & Child Health • Division of Women & Children’s Services • CR-008041 8/10 School Phone Number ( )