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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for ringworm of scalp?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for ringworm of scalp?

Ringworm: Tinea corporis --ringworm of the body // capitis = head can be treated with otc lotrimin (clotrimazole). It is necessary, to keep scalp clean, perhaps with an anti dandruff shampoo.Years ago tar shampoos helped this condition stress can make it worse.But please be checked for high blood sugar -diabetes mellitus, hot sweaty work environments contribute. Some pts skin seems to allow easier infection. ...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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What are some over-the-counter treatments for tinea capitis (ringworm of scalp)?

What are some over-the-counter treatments for tinea capitis (ringworm of scalp)?

Stubborn...: Unfortunately, the skin of the scalp is particularly stubborn and most of the time requires oral medication for weeks to months to clear up tinea. It is best to see you doctor or a dermatologist to MAP out a care plan, as the treatment can have side effects, especially on your liver. Wish i had better news, but you are likely wasting time and money using over-the-counter meds for this. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis and ringworm in my scalp what kind of medicated shampoo treatment it's recommended over the counter?

I have psoriasis and ringworm in my scalp what kind of medicated shampoo treatment it's recommended over the counter?

See a Dermatologist.: Psoriasis may benefit from an steroid containing lotion/solution x scalp.. Ringworm will require antifungals ( against tinea) these too are very difficult to cure and i believe there is no good treatment over the counter. Nizoral shampoo is good for dandruff and tinea versicolor but i doubt will cure psoriasis or ringworm. Best option is to see a dermatologist or a pcp who has been successful ...Read more

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What do you recommend for ringworm of scalp?

What do you recommend for ringworm of scalp?

Ringworm: You should see a doctor to be sure it is ringworm. Lots of different skin diseases can mimic ringworm. You can technically try using an antifungal shampoo. Usually scalp ringworm requires oral medication. This medication can affect your liver so you need to be monitored by a doctor. If you are pregnant you need to consult with your dr to be sure it is safe. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ringworm of scalp?

What is the definition or description of: ringworm of scalp?

Fungal infection: Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect the skin, including the scalp. Its presenting symptom would be the ring-like lesion with loss of hair inside. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with ringworm of scalp?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with ringworm of scalp?

Yes: Although not common...It certainly is not rare and can usually be identified quickly and easily. ...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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Does ringworm of scalp usually cause many symptoms?

Does ringworm of scalp usually cause many symptoms?

Most are quiet: Most cases i see are for painless hair loss and/or irregularity in the skin of the scalp.Rarely there is a boggy painful swelling. Some have tried otc products with little success. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting ringworm of scalp?

Not necessarily: Some issues with hygiene may occur but over all exposure and transference of the infection . No one is really more or less prone opportunity is a ky. ...Read more

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4 yr old daughter diagnosed w/ringworm of scalp, takin 125mg Lamisil (terbinafine) and using selsun blue 3% but no help. should i take her to dermatologist?

4 yr old daughter diagnosed w/ringworm of scalp, takin 125mg Lamisil (terbinafine) and using selsun blue 3% but no help. should i take her to dermatologist?

Depends: It takes from 4-8 weeks for the meds to rid her of the germs and normal hair growth to return.If it is past that time frame,see whomwever you wish.If not, give it some time. ...Read more

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Is there a over-the-counter treatment for ringworm so I don't have to pay my doctor for a rx?

Lamisil, (terbinafine) etc: There are many different antifungal creams available including lotrimin, mica tin, lamisil, (terbinafine) undecalynic acid. These all work but different strains of fungus may respond better to one rather than another. Unfortunately you can tell in advance which will wor best. If it is feet, body or groin treat whole area for a minimum of 2 weeks. For resistant cases you may need prescription meds. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can I use for ringworm on the scalp on a 7 year old child?

What over-the-counter medicine can I use for ringworm on the scalp on a 7 year old child?

Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo: Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo 1% is available over the counter. It's an antifungal shampoo and may help some. However, 2% is prescription, and if it's really in the hair, you'll need an oral medicine too along with the Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo. ...Read more

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My daughter has ringworm on her scalp what shampoo could i buy her over the counter?

No. It will not work: Ring worm of the scalp, medically known as tinea capitis, is treated with oral anti fungal medication (usually griseofulvin) for 2-3 months. This is a prescription drug. I recommend seeing your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and to obtain the prescription. Topical therapy is not effective in the scalp. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some over-the-counter shampoos for ringworm of the scalp?

Have researchers discovered some over-the-counter shampoos for ringworm of the scalp?

Yes: You can try Nizoral (ketoconazole) 1% shampoo, though it is often not enough if you have a fungal infection involving the scalp. These infections are often in the follicles and require an oral medication to eliminate the infection. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter oral medication can help with ringworm on scalp?

Scalp ringworm: You can try tinactin (tolnaftate) or Nizoral cream. Ring worm in this area of the body can be hard to get rid of and you may need to get a prescription from you doctor if those are not working. ...Read more

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I have eczema on my scalp. What are good over-the-counter treatments. Are there good medications that don't hurt my hair.

I have eczema on my scalp. What are good over-the-counter treatments. Are there good medications that don't hurt my hair.

Are you sure?: Are you sure it is eczema??? Eczema elsewhere? If so, what treatment for it? No eczema treatment will hurt your hair. Use something in the shower which is good for dry skin. There are many. Body wash (Dove, Aveeno, (oatmeal) Eucerin, Cetaphil) can be used in the shower for scalp +face as well as the body. Look for a liquid cortisone. If this is not satisfactory, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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

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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For how long can scalp ringworm last without treatment?

For how long can scalp ringworm last without treatment?

The answer is....: a very long time! Untreated fungal infections of the scalp are also prone to superinfection with bacteria, which requires more intensive treatment to improve. Fungal infections of the scalp usually require several weeks of oral anti fungal medications for cure. ...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

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