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Dermatophytes (Ringworm)
What are dermatophytes(Ringworm)?
Dermatophytes are types of fungi that cause common skin, hair and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also known by the names “tinea” and “ringworm.” It is important to emphasize that “ringworm” is not caused by a worm, but rather by a type of fungus called a “dermatophyte.” One example of a very common dermatophyte infection is athlete’s foot, which is also called tinea pedis.
Who gets dermatophyte infections?
Who gets dermatophyte (Ringworm)infections?
Dermatophyte infections are very common. They can affect anyone, including people who are otherwise healthy. Outbreaks of infections can occur in schools, households and institutional settings.
What are the symptoms of a dermatophyte infection?
Dermatophyte (Ringworm) infections can affect the skin on almost any area of the body, such as the scalp, legs, arms, feet, groin and nails. These infections are usually itchy. Redness, scaling, or fissuring of the skin, or a ring with irregular borders and a cleared central area may occur.
How can dermatophyte infections be treated?
Infections of the skin are usually treated with topical antifungal medications. A frequently recommended topical medication is Lamisil which can be purchased over the counter at your favorite pharmacy.
Above info found at:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, 24 Hours/Every Day -
Klein ISD Student Handbook Rules
Ringworm of the skin:
Admit provided lesions are covered. Treatment is recommended.

Ringworm of the scalp: Readmit when treatment has begun.