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Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard - Topic Overview

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Your doctor will prescribe pills that will kill the fungus. And you can use special shampoo to keep ringworm from spreading to others.

Ringworm can come back, so be sure to throw away your combs and brushes and buy new ones that won't spread the infection. Try to keep your skin clean and dry. Don't share hats, combs, or brushes. If you treat ringworm early, the hair in the bald spots will probably grow back. If you don't treat it, the bald spots could be permanent.

A child who has ringworm can still go to school, as long as he or she is taking pills to kill the fungus. You do not need to shave your child's head.

Learning about ringworm of the scalp or beard:

Being diagnosed:

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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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