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Can tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) be prevented?

Tinea capitis, more commonly known as scalp ringworm, is highly contagious, so it may be difficult to always prevent it. There are ways to decrease your child's risk of getting infected, though. One major way to reduce risk is to focus on cleanliness. Cleanliness includes good hygiene and a clean environment. Personal items like clothes, hairbrushes, and towels can carry the fungus if they are first used by someone who has scalp ringworm, so sharing items without first cleaning them isn't a good idea.

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