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How can I manage my tinea capitis on a daily basis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Tinea capitis is the medical term for a fungal infection of the scalp, also called "ringworm" because it causes a red, itchy, sometimes ring-shaped rash. Your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication to get rid of the fungus and may also recommend that you shampoo with an antifungal shampoo. To prevent reinfection, it is best not to share items like towels with others. Also check your pets for the infection. Pets can sometimes spread tinea infections to their owners.

Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions, including taking the medications your doctor prescribes to treat your tinea capitis, which is more commonly known as scalp ringworm. Medicated shampoos that include selenium sulfide can kill surface fungus and make the infection less contagious. The infection may persist and also recur, so be diligent in watching for symptoms and take preventative measures such as maintaining good hygiene and keeping shared spaces clean.

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