Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin.  It is spread from other people or from dogs, and is not serious.  You do not need to keep your child out of day care.


  • Apply over the counter clotrimazole 1% to the area 3 times a day.  It may take 3 weeks for the infection to clear and you need to keep applying the cream for 1 week after it is gone.

Make an appointment to see the doctor if:

  • The area gets worse instead of better
  • The infected area is on the scalp

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