Ringworm of the Scalp
Ringworm is generally on the scalp or a hairy skin surface. It is characterized by round patches of hair loss that slowly increases in size. The scalp may have scaling and usually occurs in children ages 2-10. Ringworm is a fungus and not a worm.
It infects the hairs causing them to break. This is usually transmitted from other children sharing combs, hats, brushes, barrettes, pillows, and bath towels. Less than 10% of cases are caused from infected animals. Ringworm of the scalp is not dangerous but can spread. Hair growth is normal after treatment, but may take 6-12 months to recover. Call our office during normal office hours if you find evidence of scalp ringworm. Ringworm of the scalp requires treatment with a prescription oral anti fungal medication.