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Doctor insights on: Ringworm Of Scalp In Children

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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

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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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?

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 to know if I have ringworm on my scalp?

How to know if I have ringworm on my scalp?

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

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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 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

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Can body ringworm spread to the scalp? Help please?

Can body ringworm spread to the scalp? Help please?

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

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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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Does ringworm on the scalp usually cause many symptoms?

Not really: Some patients report itching or burning, but that's about it. ...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 to tell if I have ringworm on my scalp or something else?

How to tell if I have ringworm on my scalp or something else?

Need to be examined: Distinguishing between fungal scalp infections and other scalp disorders such as psoriasis or eczema can be challenging even for the trained eye. It's best to consult a primary care physician or dermatologist for an in person assessement to determine the likely cause and appropriate treatment. Best wishes. ...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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Help! Need to know if there's anything that can naturally treat ringworm of the scalp?

None I know of: The scalp ringworm infest the hair roots and generally require prescription oral medication given over a prolonged period. Some topical treatments help decrease the active germ but unless you get the germs deep in the root system it remains. ...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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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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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

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