Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Renate | 2009-12-06

Q.

Where do Ringworms come from?

My 2-year old regularly comes home from daycare with things that look like ringworms on his legs. What could possibly cause this (I' m suspecting that it be linked to a sandpit ... but canot say forsure as I do believe it gets cleaned from time to time). Could you kindly provide your expert opinion on what exactly causes ringworms? Thanks so much.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection. The infection may start when your child plays in sand or may be caught from another child. Ringworms are infectious so be sure to wash your hands when treating your son's ringworms. Apply Canesten cream to the ringworms twice a day.

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