August 19, 2005-- Posted at 1:25 PM CDT
(HealthDayNews) -- Scaly, ring-shaped, pink patches on the skin or scalp may indicate ringworm, a fungal infection.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers these treatment tips:
- Check with your doctor before applying treatment. Other skin problems can mimic ringworm.
- Apply an anti-fungal cream to the rash and one inch beyond the edge of the rash.
- Keep using the cream for one week after the rash has gone.
- Avoid scratching the area.
Ringworm doesn't spread easily and is not contagious.