Ringworm (Tinea) - PDF Document

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  1. COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO HEAD START-PRESCHOOL SERVICES DEPARTMENT 250 South Lena Road, San Bernardino, CA 92415 (909) 387-2363 · FAX (909) 387-3313 · http://hss.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/psd/ Ringworm (Tinea) What is ringworm? It is a common fungus infection of the skin, scalp, nails, and feet. Symptoms include: • Skin lesions -ring-shaped, raised, and scaly around the border -may be pinkish or light-colored -may be itchy • Scalp lesions: pink, swollen patches that can lead to hair loss • Nails: discolored (white, yellow, or black), thickened, and cracking • Feet ("athlete's foot"): cracking of skin between toes How does ringworm spread? It spreads by: • Touching or scratching the sores on the skin or scalp • Sharing combs, brushes, hats, towels, clothes, and bedding Hugging cats and dogs • Walking barefoot in showers and pools When is ringworm contagious? • As long as the rash or lesions are present. Not contagious after treatment. • After exposure, it can take four days to two weeks to develop symptoms. How do I know if my child has ringworm? If you see the symptoms, see your doctor. Ringworm is diagnosed by the symptoms, exam with a special light, cultures, microscopic exam of skin/scalp scrapings. What should I do if my child has ringworm? Treatment: Follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor: • For skin and feet infections: antifungal cream, powder, or lotion. • For infections of the scalp and nails: oral medication for at least one to two months. • For feet infections: keep clean and dry. Should my child stay home? The child can return to school after treatment is started. NotifY your Head Start program. To limit the spread: • Check other children, adults, and pets at home and at school. Get medical/veterinary evaluation and treatment if needed. • For ringworm of the scalp, clean and disinfect combs and brushes. • For fungal infection of the feet, clean and disinfect showers and baths. • Keep lesions covered if possible. • Wash hands after contact with the lesions. • Do not share combs, brushes, clothes, towels, or bedding. Separate personal clothes and bedding in individual cubbies for each child. SERVING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY EDUCATION · HEALTH SERVICES · SPECIAL SERVICES · FAMILY SERVICES