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(Ringworm of the Scalp; Fungal Infection of the Scalp)
|Ringworm of the Scalp|
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- Itching of the scalp (not always present)
- Bald patches
- Areas of swelling, redness, scales, sores, or irritated skin
- Microscopic examination
- Fungal culture
- Shampoo your child’s hair regularly.
- Do not allow your child to share headgear, brushes, or combs.
- Wash towels, clothes, and any shared items used by an infected person to prevent spreading it to others in the household.
- Take your pets to the veterinarian for treatment if they develop skin rashes.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Givens TG, Murray MM, Baker RC. Comparison of 1% and 2.5% selenium sulfide in the treatment of tinea capitis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(7):808-811.
Noble SL, Forbes RC. Diagnosis and management of common tinea infections. Am Fam Physician. 1998;58(1):163-174.
Tinea capitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 6, 2011. Accessed September 7, 2011.
- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 10/2014
- Update Date: 01/13/2014