Clinical Dermatology


Ringworm is a contagious, superficial skin infection caused by streptococcus, staphylococcus, or both. It is the most common bacterial infection in children, occurring mostly during the summer months. Infectious wax can appear after minor injuries to the skin, after an insect bite or on lesions of atopic or other forms of dermatitis. However, it often occurs in healthy skin.

In the infectious wax, bubbles, pustules or blisters are observed, which rupture leaving red, moist surfaces, which are in turn covered by characteristic honey-colored scales. The lesions can be localized or diffuse and in the majority of cases they are asymptomatic. Infectious wax appears mainly on the face and exposed parts of the limbs.

Appropriate topical antiseptic and antibiotic preparations are recommended for localized forms of infectious wax. In extensive lesions, the approach is different and patients should be referred to a specialist dermatologist, so that systematic medication can be administered.