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How do medications treat tinea capitis (scalp ringworm)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Medications for tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) kill the fungus the causes the scalp infection. Some prescription medications include griseofulvin and terbinafine; they will probably have to be taken for a month or two. Medicated shampoos such as dandruff shampoos containing ketoconazole and topical creams can kill surface fungus and make ringworm less contagious.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Medications that treat scalp ringworm work by fighting tinea, the fungus that causes it and that can grow on your skin, scalp, or nails. Although some antifungal medications are available in topical ointments or creams, your doctor may recommend taking an antifungal pill for tinea capitis. Some shampoos also contain ingredients that can help minimize the spread of tinea capitis infections. Consult your dermatologist to learn the best treatments for you.

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