Trichophyton tonsurans (T. tonsurans) is an organism that can cause ringworm in children, in particular the scalp area. As a matter of fact, in a study conducted in the United States, this is the leading cause of a prevalent infection among school children from age 5 to 12.
The research involving over 10,000 children coming from one city and attending elementary education showed that they are infected with ringworm. More than 700 are found to have ringworm of the scalp caused by the fungus that is a leading cause of ringworm in the country. This implies that there is a prevalence of ringworm among children from all over America.
You might be wondering why ringworm in children especially in the scalp is common as established by the study. According to experts, the chances of contaminating one another are higher in areas with thicker population or where people interact closely. This is a typical scenario in schools. While adults are also affected by scalp ringworm, it is rare compared to how often children get it. That is because when entering puberty, humans go through some kind changes and that includes a change of glands in the scalp making it stronger to fight the fungi off. Sadly, it is not the same case with the rest of our skin.
The Spread of Ringworm in Children
Because the condition is highly communicable and children are actively interacting with one another, the transfer of the infection is quite easy and fast. Other ways a child might get ringworm includes:
- Touching an infected person.
- Getting in contact with things contaminated with the fungi. Even your garden soil might carry the fungi.
- Sharing personal things such as towels, shirts, hats, etc.
- Handling pets including farm animals that also have the condition.
The study also revealed that scalp infection in the United States may even increase in metropolitan areas. More children will experience scaly, itchy scalp which may eventually lead to patches of hair loss.
A Persistent Organism
The fact that children keep getting re-infected is very frustrating. Parents naturally do everything to prevent ringworm in children but the organism has found a way to stay and avoid elimination. As to exactly how many children are infected is not really established.
Because the fungi that causes ringworm has become harder to eradicate, when using or taking antifungal medication, make sure to do so according to the recommended length even after the symptoms go away. Parents should consistently remind their children to avoid sharing of personal items including pillows, hair brush, combs or head/hair accessories. They ought to keep an eye for the slightest signs of the infection. Dandruff or flaking, some patchy scaling or hair loss should not be taken for granted.
The young ones deserve to have fun while they can that is why they love to mingle with their kind. That is also why ringworm in children is common. When not immediately treated, it could lead to further damage so before it gets worse, do what is necessary and say goodbye to the infection possibly for good.