A fungal infection of the skin of the body, feet, or scalp

Contact with infected humans, animals (eg, cats, dogs), or contaminated surfaces or objects, such as combs, brushes, towels, clothing, or bedding

At the end of the day, the child should consult a health professional and, if ringworm is confirmed, the child should start treatment before returning. If treatment is started before the next day, no exclusion is necessary. However, the child may be excluded until treatment has started.

Yes, when all the following criteria have been met:

Once treatment is started. Athletes with ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) in sports with person-to-person contact cannot participate in matches for 72 hours after starting treatment unless area can be covered.

Adapted from Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.

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