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  1. Ringworm of the Skin - Exams and Tests

    Doctors often can easily recognize ringworm by its ring - shaped rash. Your doctor will probably also look at a skin sample (KOH preparation) under a microscope to confirm that fungus is present.

  2. Hair Loss - Symptoms

    Hair loss can occur as thinning, in which you may not notice hair falling out, or as shedding, in which clumps of hair fall out.

  3. Phototherapy for Atopic Dermatitis

    Phototherapy is the supervised use of ultraviolet (UV) light to treat skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis. Ultraviolet B (UVB), ultraviolet A (UVA), or a combination of UVB and UVA may be used during therapy.During phototherapy, you stand in a booth that contains light tubes that give off UV light. Goggles should be worn to protect your eyes during treatment. Men need to shield their ...

  4. Hair Loss - Home Treatment

    Home treatment for hair loss includes hair care and hairstyling techniques that may help you cover thinning or bald spots on the scalp. This may be easier for women.

  5. Fungal Nail Infections - Cause

    Fungal nail infections can be caused by three different types of fungus, alone or in combination.Dermatophytes are a type of fungus that can grow on the skin, hair, and nails. They do not invade the deeper tissues of the body. The most common dermatophyte

  6. Psoriasis - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about psoriasis.

  7. Athlete's Foot - Prevention

    Learn how to prevent athlete's foot (tinea pedis).

  8. Topic Overview

    Is this topic for you?This topic is about ringworm of the scalp or beard. To learn more about other fungal infections, see the topics:Athlete's Foot.Diaper Rash.Fungal Nail Infections.Ringworm of the Skin.What is ringworm of the scalp or beard?Ringworm is an infection on your skin, hair, or nails. It's caused by a fungus. The medical term for fungal infections is tinea, followed by a word that describes the location of infection. So ringworm of the scalp is tinea capitis, and ringworm of the beard is tinea barbae.Ringworm of the scalp occurs all over the world and is most common in young children. Ringworm of the beard is not common.What causes ringworm of the scalp or beard?Ringworm is caused by a fungus, not by a worm. The kinds of fungi (plural of fungus) that cause ringworm live and spread on the top layer of the skin and on the hair. Ringworm is contagious. You can catch it by touching a person or animal that has it or by sharing personal items such as hats, combs, brushes,

  9. Seborrheic Keratoses - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about seborrheic keratoses: What are seborrheic keratoses? Getting treatment: What is cryotherapy? What is curettage? What is electrocautery? What is laser treatment for seborrheic keratoses? ...

  10. Surgical Nail Removal for Fungal Nail Infections

    Surgical nail removal can be done for severe or returning fungal nail infections. The entire nail (avulsion) or only part of the nail (debridement) can be removed. Surgical nail removal can be done in a clinic or your health professional's office.

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