Ring worm information from the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Ringworm

Ringworm is a common and highly infectious skin infection that causes a ring-like red rash on the skin.

The rash can appear almost anywhere on the body, with the scalp, feet and groin being common sites.

The condition, medically known as “tinea”, isn’t serious and is usually easily treated using creams that you can buy from the pharmacy. However, ringworm is highly contagious and is easily spread among people.

Despite its name, it doesn’t have anything to do with worms. It’s an infection of the skin caused by a fungus.

When to see a doctor

You need to see your GP if you or your child have ringworm of the scalp. This type of ringworm is treated with anti-fungal tablets which are only available on prescription.

Other types of ringworm are generally treated with antifungal cream from the pharmacy and you don’t need to see a doctor unless the infection persists. However, pharmacists often prefer children to see a GP to confirm a diagnosis.

It appears that ringworm has again hit local schools and nurseries in the North West area so here are some excellent PDF documents from the http://www.hpa.org.uk  website.



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