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What is the best treatment for ringworm of scalp?

What is the best treatment for ringworm of scalp?

Grisofulvin: I usually use an antifungal shampoo and an oral anti-fungal called grisofulvin. I would usually do a skin puch biopsy first to identify and confirm the organism as treatment with these agents can be tough on the liver and you need a definitive diagnosis before starting these treatments. Other scalp infections can mimmick "ringworm". ...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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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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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?

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

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

RINGWORM OF SCALP: A common form of fungus infection of the scalp caused by various species of microsporum and trichophyton on or within hair shafts, occurring most commonly in children and characterized by irregularly placed and variously sized patches of apparent baldness because of hairs breaking off at the surface of the scalp, scaling, black dots, and occasionally erythema (redness) and pyoderma (pus). ...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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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

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)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more