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How common is it for somebody to get ringworm on the scalp?

How common is it for somebody to get ringworm on the scalp?

Depends: Scalp ringworm is fairly common in children, far less common in adults. No one knows exactly why. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

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


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Do a lot of people get ringworm on the scalp?

Common: Ringworm is endemic and the incidence in the community will vary. It is more common in children. It requires treatment usually with oral antifungals. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get ringworm on the scalp? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get ringworm on the scalp? Is he right?

Ringworm: Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a unique infection, and often will not respond to topical anitfungals. A course of an oral antifungal agent is recommended -- see your doctor! ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of ringworm on the scalp?

What are the most common symptoms of ringworm on the scalp?

Itching, scaling: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). Clean the area, dry it and then apply the cream several times per day. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more

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My sister says she has ringworm on the scalp. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has ringworm on the scalp. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Sometimes: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). It is transmitted by contact between family members and close acquaintances. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of ringworm on the scalp?

Anti-fungals: Ringworm is actually a fungal infection (not a worm) of the skin. You can treat it with over the counter antifungals such as Clotrimazole cream (and there are many others). Clean the area, dry it and then apply the cream several times per day. If it persists longer than about 2 weeks, you might want to see a dermatologist for alternative applications. ...Read more

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How to get treated for a ringworm of the scalp?

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 more

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How do you get ringworm of the scalp with otcs?

You could try : A topical antifunal agent. But i think you should see a doctor if it does not respond. How do you know if you have ringworm? ...Read more

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

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


Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more