Ringworm in Babies: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Ringworm in Babies: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

The following are some facts about ringworm in babies:

1) Ringworm is a fungal infection caused by the Sporothrix species of fungi.

It affects the skin of infants and young children. It causes red bumps which appear on the skin of the body.

These bumps may itch when touched but they do not cause any other symptoms such as itching or burning.

2) Ringworm is very common in babies and young children.

It occurs in up to 40% of all infants under one year old. The most common site where ringworm appears is around the mouth and nose.

Other sites include the armpits, groin, buttocks, thighs, and feet. There are many different types of ringworms including:

– Candida albicans (yeast).

– Staphylococcus epidermidis (a type of bacteria).

– Acanthamoeba.

3) Most cases of ringworm are mild and resolve themselves without treatment within two weeks.

However, there have been reports of severe infections with death occurring after three months. Some patients develop chronic ringworm problems that require medical attention for life.

In these cases, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to prevent further complications from recurring over time.

4) It is important to remember that a person does not need to be scratched or broken in order for ringworm to spread.

If a person comes into contact with the infected substance, then they may contract the infection regardless. It is also important to remember that sharing personal items such as towels, clothes, and beddings can also spread the fungal infection.

5) Ringworm in babies can be diagnosed by an examination of the skin.

Sources & references used in this article:

A public health perspective on infectious disease aspects of the revised standards for health and safety in out-of-home child care by RL Cordell – Pediatric annals, 2002 – healio.com

Ringworm in babies: Causes, Prevention, Symptoms & Treatment by PPSB January – menstrual-cycle-calculator.com

Symptoms and treatment of ringworm infections. by J Watkins – British Journal of School Nursing, 2014 – search.ebscohost.com

“Hairbrush diagnosis” in detection and eradication of non-fluorescent scalp ringworm by DWR Mackenzie – British medical journal, 1963 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Nosocomial ringworm in a neonatal intensive care unit: a nurse and her cat by LM Drusin, BG Ross, KH Rhodes… – Infection Control & …, 2000 – cambridge.org