Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard - Treatment Overview
Ringworm of the
scalp or beard is treated with antifungal pills in combination with antifungal
shampoo or lotion.
Topical antifungal medicines, such as shampoos
or lotions that you apply directly to the infected area, do not work when used
alone. They cannot get deep enough into the infected hair shaft to kill
fungi there. But antifungal shampoo helps prevent spreading the fungus to other
people, because it decreases fungal shedding from the scalp or beard area.
Doctors also recommend occasional use of antifungal shampoos for
ringworm carriers, people who can spread the fungus but do not have ringworm
symptoms. Often an adult becomes a carrier after exposure to an infected
A veterinarian can treat pets or farm animals for ringworm.
What to think about
Ringworm of the scalp or beard
can come back after treatment has cleared the infection.
of the scalp or beard can cause scarring and permanent hair loss.