Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard - What Happens
ringworm of the scalp or beard may look like dandruff
with flakes of dead skin on the hair or beard. There may be round or oval
patches of baldness. The skin under the hair or beard may be itchy, red, and
peeling. The infection can spread gradually and cover a large area.
As fungi invade the hair, the hair becomes infected, brittle, and breaks
off near the root, resulting in patches of baldness. If you treat ringworm
early, hair loss is usually temporary.
The scalp or the skin under
the beard may become very tender if swollen areas and bumps that look like
blisters or nodules with pus (kerions) develop. Skin blisters can become
Ringworm of the scalp or beard can cause scarring and
permanent hair loss.