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  1. PARENT/GUARDIAN Your child may have been exposed to: Ringworm is a fungal infection. It is not a worm. The scalp infection is most common in children. Infection of the feet is more common in adolescents and adults. Ringworm If you think your child has ringworm, tell your childcare provider or call the school. For ringworm of the body/feet or scalp keep your child home from childcare and school until treatment has been started. Activities: Limit gym, swimming, and other close contact activities if the lesion cannot be covered or until 72 hours after treatment has begun. Sports: Athletes should follow their health care provider’s recommendations and the specific sports league rules. For more information, call Dakota County Public Health Department at 952-891-7500. Symptoms Body - Flat, spreading, round, red shapes (lesions) on the skin. If your child is infected, it may take 7 to 21 days for symptoms to start. Feet (“athlete’s foot”) - Patchy scaling or cracking of the skin or blisters. Itching is common. Scalp - Begins as a small scaly patch on the scalp and may cover more of the head. Mild redness, swelling, itching and pus-filled bumps may occur. Infected hairs can become brittle and break off easily. If your child is infected, it may take 10 to 14 days for symptoms to start. Spread • By touching the infected skin of a person or pet (usually dogs and cats). • By sharing or touching contaminated objects like hats, hair brushes, clothing, furniture, shower stalls, swimming pool decks, locker room benches, or floors. Contagious period As long as you can see the ringworm on your child’s skin. Once rash starts shrinking and treatment has begun, your child is less contagious. Call your health care provider • If anyone in your home has symptoms. Your doctor will decide if treatment is needed. It is important to follow your doctor’s treatment directions exactly. •If you think a pet has ringworm, call a veterinarian. Prevention • Wash hands after touching infected skin on humans and pets. Your child may need help with handwashing. • Do not let children touch an infected pet’s skin until it has been treated and heals. • Cover skin lesions. • Wash bedding, clothing, combs and brushes in hot, soapy water. • Check all household members and pets for signs of infection. For more information, call Dakota County Public Health Department at 952-891-7500. www.dakotacounty.us Used with permission from Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department September 2015