How is scalp ringworm treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Tinea capitis, or scalp ringworm,  which most often affects children, is treated with medications prescribed by a doctor to eliminate the fungus causing the infection. In addition to taking the orally-taken prescriptions for six to eight weeks, you may also apply a cream to your child's scalp to make ringworm less contagious. You can wash your child's hair at least biweekly with a shampoo that has the ingredient selenium sulfide; this can keep the ringworm from spreading to other people.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Doctors may prescribe certain medications and recommend lifestyle changes for treating tinea capitis. This condition, also known as scalp ringworm, is caused by a type of fungus that infects the skin. If you have tinea capitis, a doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication. You may also be instructed to use a medicated shampoo. In addition, a doctor may advise you to get rid of any hats or combs that could be infected with the fungus that causes tinea capitis.
Ringworm of the scalp is easy to treat. Usually, a physician will prescribe antifungal pills to treat the infection. An antifungal shampoo should also be used to treat the exposed site of the infection.

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