Ringworm, a fungal infection, not only affects the skin, but also occurs on the scalp and hair shafts. Ringworm of the scalp is caused by mold like fungi called dermatophytes. The fungi affect the outer layer of the skin on the scalp and the hair shaft.
The signs of ringworm of the scalp may vary, but it generally occurs as scaly, itchy and bald patches on the head. It is highly infectious while its major targets are toddlers and school-age kids. Sometimes, ringworm of the scalp leads to complicated condition like kerion that causes pain and inflammation. This is why the scalp ringworm should be treated on time. And it is treatable with antifungal shampoos and certain medications.
Here we will discuss the treatment options to get rid of scalp ringworm.
First of all, look for the signs of scalp ringworm
• Circular areas of the scalp are bald and teemed with broken hair.
• The affected areas look like red or grey and shed flakes.
• The hairs are falling out easily.
• Experiencing inflammation and noticing yellow crusts on the scalp.
Use Anti-fungal Shampoo:
Use anti-fungal shampoo to wash your hair. The shampoo helps minimize the spread of the fungus, thereby promoting healing. Apart from prescription, the shampoo is also available as OTC. These shampoos contain selenium sulphide or ketoconazole. Use the shampoo twice a week or as directed by your physician or manufacturer.
However, seek your doctor’s advice before using the shampoo on the kids or if you are pregnant.
Take Anti-fungal Medications:
Your doctor will prescribe them to kill the fungus. Terbafine (Lamisil) is generally taken as a daily pill for nearly four weeks. Itraconazole is taken as pill for nearly one to two weeks.
Note: Consult your doctor if you experience unpleasant effects like rashes, inflammation, nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach. The medicine may not be prescribed for kids, old age people, and people having liver disease.
Coconut oil moisturizes the hair and scalp, and minimizes dandruff. The oil has anti-fungal properties and eases scalp irritation. Massage the scalp with coconut oil and leave it for overnight. Rinse it off with an anti-fungal shampoo. Do it for three weeks.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is antifungal in nature. It checks the growth of ringworm fungus. Just dilute apple cider vinegar with little water and apply the solution to the area. Repeat the remedy 3 times a day to see improvement.
See your doctor if there is no improvement in your condition.
Apart from using the aforesaid methods for scalp ringworm, you should follow the precautions given below.
Avoid Touching the Infected Areas:
Since it is a fungal infection, it can spread through skin to skin contact. If you have ringworm elsewhere on your body and scratch it and then scratch your head, the infection may pass on to your scalp. Hairdressers and hair stylist are also vulnerable to this infection as they come in contact with the hair of lots of people.
Don’t Share Personal Belongings:
Avoid sharing your personal items like comb, towels and hair accessories with others as these items may carry the infection.
Disinfect Contaminated Things:
Soak your hairbrushes, combs and hair implements in a solution of concentrated bleach solution for an hour.
Get Your Pets Checked:
If you have a pet with patchy fur, you should be extremely careful. They may be infectious. You can get the infection by patting, handling or grooming them. Therefore, ask your veterinarian to check your pets for ringworms.
So this is the way to treat your ringworm of the scalp. How’s been your experience with ringworm of scalp? Please share with us by commenting below.