#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Ringworm In Babies


Q: I have an 18 month-old baby. She has grown a ringworm on the leg and it it grows every day. Which antiseptic can I use for it to heal? Thank you in advance

 

A: Hi dear, ringworm is a fungal infection. The rule of the game when treating fungal infections is patience because treatment can go on for months!  Apart from treatment, you have to be sure to keep your baby’s private things private. The rules for ringworm are essentially same in adults and children.

 

Ringworms are small, round, ring shaped rashes/patches on the skin…but are absolutely not worms 😀 They usually happen when people have minor injuries on skin, scalp or nails and when people sweat a lot. Keeping personal things personal can prevent this: don’t share towels, clothing, undies, head coverings (caps, hats etc). Keep your skin nice, clean and dry. This process can be helped by taking a bath regularly 😀 and toweling off. Be sure to shampoo after a haircut and dress for the weather. With our hot sun, those fungi have no hiding place! Let them bring it on 😀

You know those sores between toes that happen especially if you are fond of walking around barefoot in wet areas, wear tight shoes and synthetic socks (that don’t allow your feet to breath) and if you don’t clean properly between your toes after a bath? That’s called athlete’s foot. So, to prevent it, avoid the above. Wipe between toes et al after a bath, wear socks made from fabrics that ‘breath’ like cotton, take a break from tight footwear and try not to share your shoes. Buy shoes that suit our weather too. For instance, while a pair of boots may make sense in winter, it may not be such a great idea in these hot climes (Africa) where the weather is hot and our feet need to breath 😀 If you can get away with it, wear sandals.

Have you ever seen anyone closing their eyes and intensely scratching their crotch area? Well, they could have jock itch! This again happens when people sweat excessively…the groin area is not spared. Prevention involves not sharing towels and under-garments, keeping them clean and washed, wearing clean socks and keeping it cool down there by wearing under garments made with cotton, which are not tight fitting 😀 A bath after a hectic exercise or sport session will also not go amiss.

Treatment of these fungal infections will involve the use of anti-fungal creams and where the infection is significant, oral anti-fungal medications are added. Antibiotics may also be indicated where there are bacterial infections…as can occur from the scratching of jock itch.

So, there you have it. In this instance, an ounce of hygiene is certainly worth a pound of cure!

Enjoy your evening.

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