Scalp Ringworm What is it?
Fungal infection of the scalp that causes itchiness and pain. (1)
Most common in school-age children.
- Visual exam by a physician under Woodâ€™s Lamp is enough for diagnosis.
- Affects both men and women.
- Lab tests with skin and hair samples are often ordered.
- Can be physically painful.
Scalp ringworm (it is not actually a worm) can be very irritating and painful for the child. It is accompanied with bald spots, flaky/scaly skin and red patches on the scalp along with swollen glands.
Ages Affected â€“ childhood â€“ most often; teenage â€“ often; 21 and above â€“ less often
Symptoms include itchiness of scalp, red areas and bald spots, brittle hair, painful scalp, and low â€“ grade fever. Consulting a general physician is advised if these symptoms develop.
People May Experience
Hair fall â€“ Brittle hair fall off quickly
Pain areas â€“ Spots on the scalp with redness
Swelling â€“ Lymph nodes swell
Fever â€“ Low grade fever of 100 â€“ 101Â° F.
Self-Care: Avoid sharing daily use articles like combs, hats, pillows, and towels. Keep your pets clean (if any).
Medications: Take antifungal medication like griseofulvin or terbinafine hydrochloride. Use antifungal medicated shampoo consisting Ketoconazole or Selenium Sulfide.
Specialists: For other treatments, consult a skin specialist (dermatologist). Here at mfine, when your child needs a hospital, everything matters.