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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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Roswell, GA 30076

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The Facts on Ringworm

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If you have a young child or teen, don’t be surprised that if at some point they encounter a small skin infection called ringworm. Fungal infections on the skin may sound frightening, but most of the time they are quite easily treated. Ringworm is a common skin infection found in children. Ringworm often displays itself as athlete’s foot or jock itch in male and teens. They all come from the same category of skin infections called Tinea. Mold-like fungi called dermatophytes that live on the dead tissues of skin, hair and nails cause Tinea skin infections. A certified dermatologist is the best one to properly diagnose your child’s ringworm, but here are some quick answers to some common questions you may be asking now.

What does ringworm look like? Ringworm appears as a red, itchy rash that begins as a small area and may spread larger. The patch typically forms a ring-like shape with a raised, red border and a clear center. This is where “ringworm” gets its name. Its symptoms are frequently confused with other skin conditions, especially eczema. Eczema and ringworm are treated very differently so it is important to let a dermatologist diagnose your child’s condition.

What causes it? First and foremost, it is important (and comforting) to know that ringworm is by no means caused by an actual worm. Instead ringworm is caused by dermatophyte fungi, which is very common. Ringworm is often caused by contact with other people, or even pets, who have ringworm. Up to 20 percent of the population has one of these infections at any given moment. It is highly contagious and some people are more susceptible than others. Washing your hands, wearing flip-flops in the locker room shower and washing sports clothes regularly are all ways to avoid ringworm in children and teens.

How do we get rid of it? Depending on the specific type of ringworm your child has and where it is located on the body, a dermatologist will prescribe an effective topical anti-fungal ointment. Oral anti-fungal medication is also given if ringworm appears on the scalp or nails.

If you notice a suspicious patch of irritated skin on your child, it is most beneficial that you let your dermatologist know right away. Ringworm responds very quickly to treatment but can spread and become very uncomfortable to your child if ignored. Olansky Dermatology Associates provides comprehensive pediatric skin care and they are very knowledgeable about the common skin problems that children face.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.