Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)
Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a fungal infection that grows in the outer layer of the scalp and in the hair. The infection is not caused by worms but is called "ringworm" because it produces a rash with small, blisterlike bumps on the edges that look like worms.
Ringworm is contagious. It can be spread easily by contact with people, objects, or animals infected with or carrying the fungus. Some carriers can have and spread ringworm without actually having symptoms of infection.
Standard treatment for ringworm of the scalp includes prescription antifungal medicine and, usually, special shampoos.
eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.