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  1. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Student Health Services Ringworm Letter Student: Dear Parent/ Guardian, Your child may have ringworm on his/her: Ringworm is a common infection of the skin and nails caused by fungus. The infection is called “ringworm” because it can cause a round/circular area that is red and itchy. Symptoms typically appear between 4 and 14 days after exposure to the fungus. The symptoms of ringworm may be different depending on where the rash is located. General symptoms include:  Itchy skin  Ring-shaped rash  Red, scaly, cracked skin  Hair loss Treatment for ringworm depends on location and degree of the infection. Ringworm on the arms, legs, back, and front of body can be treated with non-prescription medication. An over-the-counter generic or store brand antifungal cream or brands such as Lotrimin, Micatin, or Tinactin may be used. If over-the-counter medications are not effective, consult your healthcare provider or health department. Note: Prescription medication must be used to treat for ringworm on the scalp. Ringworm spreads easily from person to person. It is so contagious that you don't even have to touch someone to get infected. The fungus lingers on moist floors, such as the bath tub or shower, and on hats, combs, and brushes. Date: Actions needed: 1.Complete and return the bottom portion of this form to the school nurse. 2.Apply antifungal cream on the areas listed above, as directed on the package label. 3.Affected areas need to be covered by clothing to protect others from exposure; e.g., wear long sleeve shirts and/or long pants. 4.Never use Band-Aids to cover ringworm; doing so creates a moist environment for the fungus to thrive. 5.It can take 2 weeks, sometimes longer to see results of treatment. Treatment can take 4-6 weeks. 6.Continue applying the anti-fungal cream for 7-10 days after affected areas appear completely healed/clear to prevent ringworm from coming back. 7.Avoid skin-to-skin contact to prevent spreading the condition to others. 8.Tell your child not to share clothing, hairbrushes, hats, and other personal items with other people. 9.Contact your healthcare provider or health department, if: Ringworm does not go away or gets worse after using the non-prescription medication. Your child or you/other household members have ringworm on the scalp - need Rx medication. 10.Contact me, if you have any questions. Thank You, School Nurse: Phone # Complete and Return to the School Nurse. Student: Name of Medication: Date treatment started: Parent/Guardian Signature: Communicable: Ringworm Rev. 1/2019