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Fungal Infections

What is the treatment for ringworm in children?

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  • ADiana Blythe, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of Pediatric Associates

    Most skin ringworm (not actually a worm, but rather a fungus) infections in children are easily treated with an over the counter anti-fungal cream, like Lotrimin. Yes, I do mean the athlete's foot cream.

    If the fungal infection is on the scalp, usually an oral anti-fungal medication is needed. This is because the skin of the scalp has a thicker keratin layer and the creams and ointments have a harder time being absorbed enough. In babies, you should just use the anti-fungal cream or ointment because their keratin layer of the scalp is not as thick and we avoid the oral form of medication.

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