Medical Q&As

Worms

My daughter has a little round area of red, dry skin on her face, beside her eye. It just came up overnight. A 'thoughtful' neighbour suggested that this might be worms. Is their any fact in this or is it just dry skin as I thought?

There is no association between “worms” and facial skin rashes. In previous generations a great number of childhood ailments were attributed to worms simply because we didn’t know any better. I wonder if your friend was suggesting that the rash was due to ringworm? This type of rash is not due to worms at all but rather is due to a fungal infection of the skin. On balance I suspect that your assessment is the correct one. However if the rash persists or extends, or becomes scaly or itchy, this raises the possibility of fungal infection, which is easily remedied with an anti-fungal cream.