Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you suspect you have ringworm of the scalp or beard, and:
- The skin on your scalp or beard area is scaling, peeling, itchy, red, or has swollen areas and bumps that look like blisters and that have pus.
- You have hair loss that occurs in patches.
- You have pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat in the infected scalp or beard area.
- You have a fever of 100°F (37.78°C) or higher with no other cause.
- Your dandruff does not improve after 2 weeks of treatment with dandruff shampoo.
Symptoms such as flakes of dead skin on the scalp can be due to dandruff, which should go away in about 2 weeks if treated with dandruff shampoos. But if the symptoms are due to ringworm of the scalp or beard, you need to be treated with antifungal pills to completely destroy the fungi.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat ringworm of the scalp or beard:
- Reference Family medicine physician Opens New Window
- Reference Pediatrician Opens New Window
- Reference Dermatologist Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
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To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology