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What causes a fungus infection on a child's head, and what can be used to treat it?
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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Pediatrics
In brief: Oral medicine
Tinea capitis is the name of the most common fungal infection that children get on the scalp.
A common way to get it is by close contact with another person, and especially sharing hairbrushes, barettes, hair rollers, hats, etc. There is also a form that is transmitted by pets (cats and dogs.) it is treated by taking an oral prescription medicine (pills or liquid) for up to 6-12 weeks.

In brief: Oral medicine
Tinea capitis is the name of the most common fungal infection that children get on the scalp.
A common way to get it is by close contact with another person, and especially sharing hairbrushes, barettes, hair rollers, hats, etc. There is also a form that is transmitted by pets (cats and dogs.) it is treated by taking an oral prescription medicine (pills or liquid) for up to 6-12 weeks.
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