Treatments for Ringworm in Children

Because the fungi can live indefinitely on the skin, recurrences of ringworm are likely. Treatment may need to be repeated.

Treatment for scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) may include:

  • oral anti-fungal medication, which is usually prescribed for four to eight weeks; some children require longer treatment
  • use of a special shampoo to help eliminate the fungus

If a kerion — a large, tender, swollen lesion — is present, your child's physician may order additional medications such as steroids to help reduce the swelling.

Treatment for ringworm of the body, groin and foot is usually a topical anti-fungal agent or an oral antifungal medication. The length of the treatment depends on the location of the ringworm.