Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard - Symptoms
ringworm appears as one or more round or oval patches
of baldness or scaly skin on the scalp or beard. Typically, the circular
patches spread along their outer borders while clearing at the center, which
gives them a ringed appearance and the name "ringworm." But you don't always
see this pattern.
Other patterns include:
- Patchy dandruff.
- Scalp hair that
breaks off at the surface, resulting in a "black dot" appearance, with mild to
- Inflamed, reddened, crusty, tender, and swollen
areas with small bumps that look like blisters.
Sometimes swollen lymph nodes and fever occur with ringworm
When fungal infections occur, other areas of skin may
have a delayed allergic reaction in the form of a rash that looks like
blisters, known as an "id" reaction. Id reactions from ringworm of the scalp
usually appear on the face.
Early diagnosis and treatment of
ringworm of the scalp or beard may stop the infection from becoming
uncomfortable and prevent scarring and permanent hair loss.
Ringworm can be confused with
other conditions with similar symptoms.