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How Can I Treat Ringworm On The Scalp
Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more
My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get ringworm on the scalp? Is he right?
Need prescription!: Ringworm of the scalp is more difficult to treat than ringworm on the body. Once ringworm is on the scalp or in a hairline, oral prescription antifungals are required. This is necessary because the fungus recedes into the hair follicle thus topicals cannot reach to treat. Most oral antifungals work better when taken with a meal, esp fatty foods. Antifungal shampoos can help stop it from spreading. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Jojoba oil is actually a mixture of long chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters. They are structurally different from triglycerides. Although it has been shown to have some antibacterial activity in test tubes, not aware of clinical trials showing efficacy against ringworm. Your friendly pharmacist can guide you to numerous otc meds effective against superficial fungal infections. ...Read more
Tinea capitus: Tinea capitus is a fungal infection of the scalp which causes itching, scaling, crusting, pustules and ocassionally infection with bacteria (kerion). Tinea capitus requires several weeks of oral antifungal medications with or without an antibacterial. Your doctor can help you determine if this is what you have. ...Read more
Scalp ringworm: No this is not effective. Generally it will require medication. You want to make sure that this is a ringworm. You could try lotrimin (clotrimazole) that you can get otc. Will not respond quickly , so give it 1-2weeks . If no help then will have to be seen for medication. ...Read more
Fungus of scalp: A ring worm, is in fact, not a worm, but a microscopic germ called a fungus. Most scalp ringworms occur in children, and if you are an adult, it is likely that what you have is not really s ring worm, or fungus, but something else. It is very hard to get rid of scalp ring worm without an internal medicine, and i suggest you go to a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis, and good treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more
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