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Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)

Childhood Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 19, 2021

Ringworm on the scalp

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Ringworm of the scalp or beard oftenlooks like round, bald patches. Most often, the infection spreads outward whilethe inside of the circle clears up. This makes the infection look like a ring.The name "ringworm" comes from this pattern.

But ringworm of the scalp or beard doesn't always make a ring pattern.Sometimes it just looks like dandruff. In some cases the hair breaks off,leaving stubble that looks like black dots. Sometimes people get ringworm butdo not have any symptoms. Read more about ringworm.

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