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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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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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How long does Scalp ringworm take to go away ? And how long does it take for the hair grow back fully?

How long does Scalp ringworm take to go away ? And how long does it take for the hair grow back fully?

Not all the same: Scalp "ringworm" refers to tinea capitis, which is transmitted from one child to another, but is uncommon once adolescence it reached. If the diagnosis is correct, the course depends on the infecting fungus, the extent and duration of infection, and the precise details of treatment. Make sure the diagnosis is correct. If you have not seen a dermatologist, do so. ...Read more

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How can I treat ringworm on the scalp?

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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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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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

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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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How come I have ringworm on the scalp, but nobody else in the family has it?

Exposure.: You caught if from non family member. They may still get it so do not share comb or hats. Treat your ringworm early to prevent spread to other family members. ...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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I started getting ringworm on the scalp a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

No: Ringworm often requires oral medications for 1-2 months to clear and prevent recurrences such as Lamisil (terbinafine) or griseofulvin. See doctor for prescription because it will spread if not treated. ...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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How can I cure ringworm on the scalp? I wrestle should I stop wrestling if I have ringworm?

Contagious: Ringworm is a fungal infection and yes, it can be contagious with contact. See the doctor to see if it is really ringworm and have it treated either with external medicine but sometimes needing oral medicines. Take precautions. ...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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Is ringworm on the scalp curable?

Usually: 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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Can ringworm on the scalp cause hairloss?

Yes: It can cause temproary hair loss at the site, but the hair will grow back when the infection leaves. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ringworm on the scalp?

OTC creams: 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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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my ringworm on the scalp?

Creams at pharmacy: 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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Will hair grow back in the area of ringworm on the scalp?

Will hair grow back in the area of ringworm on the scalp?

Generally yes: There are no guarantees of anything, but once successfully treated the hair should grow back. ...Read more

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What can I use for ringworm on the scalp if I don't have a doctor?

Pharmacy creams: 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

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)

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