Ringworm of the Scalp: After Your Visit
Ringworm is a fungus infection of the skin. It is not caused by a worm or bug. Ringworm causes round patches of baldness or scaly skin on the scalp. Ringworm of the scalp is most common in children 3 to 9 years old.
The fungus that causes ringworm of the scalp spreads from person to person. You can catch ringworm by sharing hats, combs, brushes, towels, telephones, or sports equipment. You can also get it by touching a person with ringworm. Once in a while, it can also spread from a dog or cat to a person.
Ringworm of the scalp is treated with pills and shampoo or lotion that kill the fungus. Ringworm may come back after treatment. Treating ringworm of the scalp can prevent scarring and permanent hair loss.