Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you suspect
ringworm of the scalp or beard, and:
The skin on your scalp or beard area is
scaling, peeling, itchy, red, or has swollen areas and bumps that look like
blisters and that have pus.
You have hair loss that occurs in
You have pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat in
the infected scalp or beard area.
You have a fever of
100°F (37.78°C) or higher with
no other cause.
Your dandruff does not improve after 2 weeks of
treatment with dandruff shampoo.
Symptoms such as flakes of dead skin on the
scalp can be due to dandruff, which should go away in about 2 weeks if treated
with dandruff shampoos. But if the symptoms are due to ringworm of the scalp or
beard, you need to be treated with antifungal pills to completely destroy the
Who to see
The following health professionals can
diagnose and treat ringworm of the scalp or beard: