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Ringworm Of Scalp In Children
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
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
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
Yes: Although not common...It certainly is not rare and can usually be identified quickly and easily. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Have it evaluated: Scalp ringworm will not be something that responds to over the counter medications.If you have a concern about a patch of crusty scalp with hair loss, or other symptoms, have it evaluated. The fungus if present gets into the roots of the hair and usually requires prescription medication over an extended period. ...Read more
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
Maybe: If you scratch the body site, you can load up your fingernails with the fungus and transfer it to your scalp.The process may not be apparent for a while and will have a different appearance in the scalp than it would on regular skin. If established in the scalp, it will take prescription medication to treat it.The fungus gets well established in the hair root and creams or lotions do not reach it. ...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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