Ringworm of the Scalp

Ringworm of the scalp

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Ringworm of the scalp often appears as round or oval patches of baldness or scaly skin. Typically, the circular patches spread along their outer borders while clearing at the centre, giving a ringed appearance and the name "ringworm." But this pattern is not always seen.

In the most severe cases, the infected area is inflamed, reddened, crusty, tender, and swollen, with small blister-like bumps. Without treatment, permanent scarring and balding can occur.

Current as ofApril 17, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics

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