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Ringworm of the Scalp

This is a fungal infection that occurs 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 years 

Ringworm is a fungus and NOT a worm. It infects the hairs causing them to break. This is usually transmitted from other children via sharing of 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. 

Call our office during normal office hours if you find evidence of scalp ringworm.