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  • ANTIFUNGAL CREAM: * Use Lamisil, Micatin or Lotrimin cream 2 times per day. No prescription is needed. * Put it on the rash and 1 inch (2.5 cm) beyond its borders. * Continue the cream for at least 7 days after the rash is cleared.
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL: * Your child doesn't have to miss any child care or school for ringworm. * Sometimes, ringworm of the skin can be passed on to others. It requires direct skin-to-skin contact. * Ringworm from pets is not passed from human to human. It is only passed from animal to human. * After 48 hours of treatment, ringworm does not spread to others at all. * Wrestlers, however, should not wrestle until checked by your child's doctor.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * It goes away in 3 to 4 weeks. * If it comes back, suspect the household puppy or kitten. * Take your animal to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Rash gets bigger or spreads after 1 week on treatment * Rash is not gone by 4 weeks * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Ringworm is a fungus infection of the skin. * Often it's caught from puppies or kittens that have it. * Here is some care advice that should help.


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