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Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard - Prevention

To prevent ringworm of the scalp or beard:

  • Keep your skin clean and dry.
  • Do not share hats, combs, or brushes with others. Children should use their own combs and brushes and should not share with other family members.
  • Shampoo once a month with a shampoo that contains selenium sulfide (such as Selsun Blue or Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment) if you or a family member has had ringworm of the scalp recently.
  • Don't play with animals (including dogs and cats) that have bald or mangy spots on their coats, which may be caused by fungal infection. A veterinarian can tell what is causing a pet's skin problem and can recommend treatment.
  • Use hot, soapy water to clean toys, telephones, furniture, and other items that may have fungi on them.
  • Wash your clothes, towels, and bed sheets in hot, soapy water. Do not share towels.

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Last Updated: December 21, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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