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Ringworm of the Scalp

Ringworm of the Scalp

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Ringworm of the scalp often appears as round or oval patches of baldness or scaly skin. Typically, the circular patches spread along their outer borders while clearing at the center, giving a ringed appearance and the name "ringworm." But this pattern is not always seen.

In the most severe cases, the infected area is inflamed, reddened, crusty, tender, and swollen, with small blisterlike bumps. Without treatment, permanent scarring and balding can occur.

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ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics

Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

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