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By: Tracy Madden Email
By: Tracy Madden Email

Doctor Amy Lacroix in Midtown is treating children with the condition.

Ringworm is a fungus, not a worm. It begins as a small, red spot on the skin and gets bigger until it forms a red circle with a clear middle.

This infection can be treated with a topical anti-fungal medication that can be purchased over the counter. Treat the area two to three times a day. it will take about a week to get better.

If ringworm is on a child's scalp, it can cause the hair to fall out. See a doctor who will prescribe oral medication.

Ringworm can show up anywhere on the body, anytime of the year and is spread by skin to skin contact. It is not dangerous.

In Southwest Omaha, Doctor Robert Beer helps families deal with tick bites.

Pull the tick out with slow, steady force using your fingers or tweezers.
After pulling the tick loose, examine it to make sure you got it all.

Wash the skin with soap and water, rinse well, pat dry, and apply antibiotic ointment.

Watch for any sign of infection including redness, swelling, or pain.

Be sure that a child's Tetanus vaccination is up to date. Be aware that smaller tear-drop shaped ticks often carry Lyme Disease. See a doctor if in doubt.

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