Scalp Ringworm

(Tinea Capitis)

Scalp ringworm is an infection of the skin on the head. It is mainly seen in children.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor. Medicine must be taken for 6 to 8 weeks to kill the fungus. Steroid medicines are used for very bad cases to reduce redness, soreness, and puffiness (inflammation).

  • Watch to see if ringworm develops in your family or pets. Treat any family members or pets that have the fungus. The fungus can spread from person to person (contagious).

  • Use medicated shampoos to help stop the fungus from spreading.

  • Do not share towels, brushes, combs, hair clips, or hats.

  • Children may go to school once they start taking medicine.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told to be sure the infection is gone. It can take 1 month or more to treat scalp ringworm. If you do not treat it as told, the ringworm can come back.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The area becomes red, warm, tender, and puffy (swollen).

  • Yellowish white fluid (pus) comes from the rash.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • The rash gets worse or spreads.

  • The rash returns after treatment is done.

  • The rash is not better after 2 weeks of treatment.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these intructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.