Fact Sheet for School
What is it?
Ringworm is a type of fungus that can be found on the head, skin, nails and feet.
Who gets it?
Anyone can get ringworm.
How is it spread?
Ringworm is spread by direct contact with the rash of infected persons and animals. Also, it is spread indirectly from contaminated floors, shower, stalls, benches, and wrestling mats.
What are the symptoms?
It is a flat, spreading ring-shaped skin rash.
What is the treatment?
You need to see the doctor who will take a skin sample to diagnose ringworm. There are oral medicines and anti-fungal skin medications that may be used to treat ringworm. You may obtain the oral medications and anti-fungal skin medications either by prescription of over-the-counter.
How can it be prevented?
A person who has ringworm should be kept home from school until after treatment with either oral or topical medication has been started.
If you have any questions or concerns, call your local Health Department.