Health Tip: Treating Ringworm

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.

 -- Felicity Stone

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