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How infectious is ringworm?

(4 Posts)
friendly Mon 15-Sep-08 17:42:44

DD was bitten by her hamster last week. I took her to the nurse the next day who brought her jabs up to date blush and suggested we see a doctor. The doc gave us antibiotics and now i am pretty sure she has ringworm!

She has quite large (penny sized) marks on her thighs, bum and hips. Nhs direct website says you can catch ringworm from hamsters apparently. I have other kids and am not sure how infectious ringworm is. Also is it okay for her to go to school. Thanks everyone!

Seona1973 Mon 15-Sep-08 19:38:16

it is supposed to be infectious but no-one else in my house caught it when I had a patch on my wrist. I should hope it is ok for her to go to school as it can take a few months to clear up - you should check with the school first though as they may need you to have started treatment before letting her return.

SquiffyHock Mon 15-Sep-08 19:41:14

I had it when I was teaching - it did go around the school. If you go to the doctor you can get cream which clears it up quickly. I also think (but don't take my word for it) that it spreads with contact so if she wears tights/trousers she shouldn't pass it on.

friendly Mon 15-Sep-08 20:25:57

Oh help! I'll ring school first thing tomorrow. I've made her an appointment. thanks for your replies.

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