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What is ringworm of the scalp?

Related Topics: Ringworm, Scalp

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Despite the name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms. It's a fungal infection that leaves ring-shaped, scaly red rashes and patches of hair loss on the scalp. Ringworm is most common in children between the ages of 3 and 7, but it can affect adults too. The condition is spread through close contact, or by sharing hats, clothing, towels, and combs with someone who is infected. In rare cases, it's possible to catch ringworm from a dog or cat.

Ringworm on the scalp must be treated with antifungal medications taken by mouth to clear up a ringworm infection. Treatment may take up to 12 weeks. Using an antifungal shampoo may help reduce the risk of spreading the infection to family members and classmates. It's important for children who have ringworm to avoid sharing personal items so that they don't pass the infection to others.

If your child is taking antifungal medicine, she can go to school. In addition, you do not need to cut the child's hair.

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Archived: March 20, 2014

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