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Ringworm, Scalp (Child)

Your child has ringworm of the scalp. This is an infection caused by a fungus and NOT by a worm. Ringworm is contagious. It can be spread by contact with persons or animals infected with the fungus. It can also be spread by contact with an object that is contaminated by an infected person or animal. The infection causes a rash that looks like a red ring. It can start as a small, round, red patch and grow into a ring as large as 1 to 2 inches. There may be temporary hair loss in the infected areas. This causes bald patches that are itchy and flaky. Ringworm of the scalp is most often treated with an oral antifungal medication.

Home Care
Medications: The Doctor Will Prescribe Oral Antifungal Medication For Your Child. Follow The Doctor’S Instructions For Giving Any Medications To Your Child. Do Not Stop Giving This Medication Until Your Child Has Finished The Prescribed Course Or The Doctor Tells You.

Contagious Period: Ringworm of the scalp is very contagious and spreads easily. Any child with ringworm should stay out of daycare or school until cleared by the doctor.

General Care:

  • The doctor may recommend medicated shampoo for your child. The shampoo may help reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after bathing your child and washing his or her hair.

  • Tell your child not to scratch the rash. Keep his or her fingernails trimmed short.

  • If blisters are present, apply a clean compress dipped in Burow’s solution (Domeboro or others). This is available without a prescription.

  • Wash any items such as hats, combs, brushes, or hair clips that may have touched the infection. Tell your child not to share these items with others. 

Follow Up

as advised by the doctor or our staff. Ringworm of the scalp can be very hard to treat. In rare cases, the infection does not resolve completely until the child reaches puberty (teen years).

Get Prompt Medical Attention If Any Of The Following Occurs:

  • Fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C)

  • Rash does not improve after starting treatment

  • Rash causes swelling of the scalp

 

 
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