K.B. asks from Kansas City, KS on December 03, 2008
Ringworm - Kansas City,KS
So my son has ringworm for some reason he seems to get it very easily as he's had it several times.
He's has never had the flu and barely even a cold but for some reason he gets ringworm easily.
It always clears up within a day and I keep medicine on for a few days after its cleared up.
He's really good about washing his hands and he's a bit of a germ freak aways.
I wipe down shopping carts before we use them, and if he plays on those play gyms he sanitizes his hands before and after.
His school doesn't have an outbreak. I always wash his sheets and disinfect after he has it.
Any ideas on how to try to prevent him in getting again?
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So What Happened?™
Thank you all to your suggestion. Went to the Dermatologist and they confirmed it is indeed Ringworm, since he is getting in the same spot everytime near his scalp visually it is looking as it is gone but in fact it's not. So we are going to go the oral route with medication.
I do have a dog and the last time he had it I had the dog checked and our dog was in the clear.
Since it's near his scalp and Jaydin sweats easily, the doctor's thoughts are since the fungus has never been gone and his sweating is causing it to surface.
I'm just having issues with the school nurse and everytime he has it I have to pick him up and get a doctor's note stating he is under treatment. So it's become a hassle with taking time off work and the money for doctor's visits.
H.H. answers from Kansas City on December 06, 2008
Does he use a clean towel after baths everytime? That is how my brother got it, using the same towel more than once and after the doctor suggested that could be the cause we always used a new towel after each shower from then on and he never got it again so that may be the cause you haven't come up with yet.
B.S. answers from Joplin on December 04, 2008
I don't know if you or a friend or neighbor have pets, but cats .... ESPECIALLY kittens are notorious carriers of ringworm.
Learned this when my daughter worked for a local vet.
R.M. answers from Topeka on December 04, 2008
I have my doubts as to whether this is ringworm or not...ringworm does not clear up within a day of treatment..it would normally take a week or 10 days for it to clear up, even with a prescription medication. I would suggest that you take your son to his pediatrician and let him/her take a look and see what it is. There are a host of skin conditions that it could be and you may be accidentally aggravating it with the the frequent hand sanitizing.
A.M. answers from Wichita on December 04, 2008
I agree about it possibly being an animal or sandbox that your son plays in. Also, my kids got ringworm a few years ago that we could not get rid of with the med the dr gave us. Then a friend told me to use athletes foot spray. I did and it was gone in a few days and we havn't had a problem since. If that doesn't work, I would also suggest going to a dermetologist. It may just be something else. HTH.
~A.~SAHM of 7
G.N. answers from St. Louis on December 03, 2008
JUST A LITTLE RESEARCH I DID ON THE SUBJECT
Ringworm is common in children, and although parents are quick to blame their pets for giving their kids this rash, the family dog or cat isn't always to blame.
So how do kids get ringworm?
Often, it is like many other infections they get and they simply get it from other kids at daycare or school or even from infected family members.
There are types of ringworm fungi that do infect pets and wild animals though, and although it is likely a rare source of infection for children, there are some that are even found in the soil, so there are many different sources for a child's ringworm infection.
You can even get ringworm by having contact with objects that have had contact with an infected person or pet, such as a brush, towel, or hat.
If your child has ringworm and you have a pet, especially a kitten or a puppy, then you should likely check your pet for a rash, or contact your veterinarian to make sure your pet isn't infected and the source of your child's infection. This can be important so that your child doesn't get reinfected over and over.
Finding the source of the ringworm infection also becomes more important if your child's ringworm keeps coming back.
And although ringworm is contagious, your child doesn't usually have to stay home from school or daycare while he is being treated for ringworm. If you want to be extra careful that he doesn't infect anyone else, you could cover the ringworm for the first 48 hours of treatment, since it does usually require direct contact to spread the infection. After 48 hours, a ringworm is usually not contagious anymore.
C.C. answers from St. Louis on December 04, 2008
When my daughter had ringworm, the doctor said to treat it for 10 weeks. He said it would seemingly clear up, but to keep up the medicine (Lotrimin... if I remember correctly ... she's 22 now, and was 6 at the time) for 10 weeks or it would come back.
L.K. answers from Kansas City on December 03, 2008
Are you SURE it is ringworm?
As a child myself I was diagnosed with "ringworm" that kept coming and going. At one time my parents were going to get rid of our dog because of it. My mom finally took me to a dermatologist who did a skin biopsy and found out it was actually a type of eczema. Which would kind of make sense with all the washing and sanitizing you're doing. His skin may be dry and sensitive.
I would get a definate diagnosis from a dermatologist and treat it accordingly.
D.H. answers from Kansas City on December 04, 2008
Do you have a cat? They carry the bacteria that causes ringworms. I used to get them all the time until we started washing our cat once every few months. Just a thought. Good luck and God Bless.
R.H. answers from St. Louis on December 04, 2008
This is going to sound weird, but do you have a cat? Or does he come in contact on a regular basis with a cat? I had a problem with this myself when I was about 9 years old and my parents couldn't figure out why it kept coming back. When it was time for my cat's annual check-up, the vet discovered that the cat had ringworm and treated the cat, I have never since had ringworm, knock on wood, and that was 20 years ago. My pediatrician said that the cat was consistently passing the parasite onto me until it was cured. Just a thought, good luck!