Ringworm on Scalp (cont.)
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Follow-up for Scalp Ringworm
For the infection to be completely cured, the hair needs to grow out. With average hair growth, this process could take weeks to months. Continuing to take all the medications prescribed for the entire course of treatment is important. The medicated shampoo can help but should not replace the oral medications. Routine follow-up with the doctor is advised to measure the effect of the treatment and to monitor the potential side effects.
Ringworm on Scalp Prevention
A person can prevent scalp ringworm by keeping skin clean and dry, not sharing hats, combs, brushes, and avoiding contact with infected people or objects.
Scalp Ringworm Outlook
Daily oral griseofulvin in combination with medicated shampoo has been the most common treatment of scalp ringworm over the last several decades. Generally, this combination is successful, but new antifungal drugs are being studied due to increasing resistance to griseofulvin and the desire for faster treatment. If ringworm treatment is started early and if the medications are taken as prescribed, scalp ringworm can be successfully cured, and the hair in bald spots will likely grow back.
Scalp Ringworm Pictures
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/12/2016
Marisa L. Oishi, MD, MPH
Lisandro Irizarry, MD, MPH, FAAEM
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