We teach our children to share at a young age. We do this to prepare them for the real world, which is known as preschool and kindergarten in their world. We often forget that there are certain things we don’t want our children to have to share with other kids on the playground. Hair and skin conditions are those things that we’d rather not have to deal with. While some of these conditions are not contagious or harmful beyond the surface of the skin or scalp, others can be passed along and are at times more serious than we think. Chicago medical dermatology professionals are available to answer your questions and concerns dealing with conditions that may affect the skin, hair or nails of your children. Below are a few common conditions that are passed around.
A Few Common Childhood Skin Conditions
- Scabies: Is a skin condition that is caused by tiny parasites that live and multiply within the skin. It’s a condition that can affect anyone, but can be commonly found in children. Scabies can be passed around from direct contact or from sharing bedding and other personal items.
- Tinea Capitis (Fungal Infection): More commonly referred to as ringworm, tinea capitis is a fungal infection consisting of inflamed red spots, patches of broken hair and scaly spots. The condition is commonly found in 3-7 year olds and it can spread from direct contact and sharing combs or other personal items. This condition can also be passed along by pets that harbor fungus.
- Impetigo: Impetigo is a skin condition that usually occurs as a secondary condition in damaged skin. Impetigo is highly contagious for the first few days and until treated. Impetigo symptoms consist of itchy blisters that tend to rupture and leave open patches of skin.
There are several childhood skin conditions that are commonly passed around during school or play time. Some of these conditions may appear to be harmless; however you should always seek medical attention for anything pertaining to your children. Their safety and the safety of other children around them depend on your actions. It’s important that you seek medical attention if you notice the presence of any rashes or skin imperfections. It is also important to inform the school or child care facility that your child attends if any contagious skin conditions are diagnosed.