(Ringworm of the Scalp; Fungal Infection of the Scalp)
|Ringworm of the Scalp|
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- Humid climates
- Excessive sweating
- Itching of the scalp (not always present)
- Bald patches
- Possibly areas with swelling, redness, scales, sores, or irritated skin
- Microscopic examination
- Fungal culture
- Shampoo your child’s hair regularly.
- Do not allow your child to share headgear, brushes, or combs.
- Wash towels, clothes, and any shared items used by an infected person to prevent spreading it to others in the household.
- Take your pets to the veterinarian for treatment if they develop skin rashes.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca/
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- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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