What do I need to know about caring for someone with tinea capitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
The most important thing to remember when caring for someone with tinea capitis, or scalp ringworm, is that it is highly contagious. If you are not careful, you will contract the infection too. You and the person who has scalp ringworm need to wash your hands frequently. Do not share anything that comes in contact with the hair -- hats, helmets, headbands, pillowcases, towels, combs, or hairbrushes, for example. Washing the scalp of the person on a regular basis will reduce the risk of spreading the fungus that causes the infection. Make sure the person uses prescribed shampoos and antifungal medications as directed. You should also know that the infection can come back even after it seems cured, so make sure to keep an eye out for symptoms. Be sure to contact your medical care provider with any questions or concerns you have.

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