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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?

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?

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?

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

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Is it possible to get ringworm from wearing a dirty cap/beanie for a week? What are some symptoms or signs of ringworm of scalp?

Yes: Ringworm of the skin is fungal infection.Fungi that cause ringworm live and spread on the top layer of skin and on hair. They grow best in warm, moist areas, such as locker rooms and swimming pools, and in skin folds.Ringworm is contagious, spreading when skin-to-skin contact with person or animal or spread when you share things like towels, clothing, or sports apparel. ...Read more

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I'm on ketconazole oral for scalp ringworm. Should I put any ringworm cream as well or what else should I be doing to get rid of it?

The med should do it: The germ of scalp ringworm infects the hair root (deep in the skin), which is why topical medications/creams will not kill it off. You can decrease some of the surface evidence of the ringworm quicker if you use the cream, but the oral med gets into the blood and takes germ killer to all areas of the root and scalp and eventually kills it. ...Read more

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Does any one know what strength sporanox (itraconazole) comes in to get rid of ringworm of the scalp?

Depends on…: Age of the patient, condition of liver function, other meds being taken. Preferred treatment for tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) is griseofulvin, although sporonox has shown effectiveness as well. Since topical antifungals are usually ineffective, it's best to see your fp for treatment. Fp may want to check liver function before starting one of these potent meds. Count on 4-6 weeks treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of ringworm scars? I've been having this scar on my scalp for 4 years and my hair never grew back

How do I get rid of ringworm scars? I've been having this scar on my scalp for 4 years and my hair never grew back

Get scar revision: If a scar on the scalp shows no signs of hair regrowth within 4-6 months, it is unlikely that hair will ever regrow. Therefore you will need either a scar revision (sometimes the bald spot can be cut out) or hair grafts. There are surgeons who specialize in hair issues. Ask your doctor for a referral, or if you don't have one, call the local county medical society. ...Read more

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I think I have 2 ringworms on my scalp. Will washing with selsun blue get rid of them? It says it has 1% selenium sulfide as the active ingredient.

Unlikely: If it is true scalp ringworm, the topical lotions can reduce the surface growth but the problem is deeper.Scalp ringworm gets down into the root system of the hair and usually requires oral prescription meds that get there through the blood. IF your problem is really a ringworm, it is unlikely to go away with such treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat ringworm on the scalp?

See a doctor: In scalp ringworm the fungus is growing inside the hair follicles, so topical medications are usually ineffective. An oral prescription medication is required in most cases. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my ringworm on the scalp go away?

How fast can I make my ringworm on the scalp go away?

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 more

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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


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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more