If you treat ringworm early, the hair in the bald spots will probably grow back. If you don’t treat it, the bald spots could be permanent. If your child gets ringworm, ask the school nurse or local health department how long your child needs to stay out of school.
Does ringworm leave bald spots?
On the scalp, ringworm usually begins as a small pimple that progressively expands in size, leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness. The fungus gets into the hair fibers in the affected area and these hairs become brittle and break off easily, leaving a bald patch of skin.
How long does hair take to grow back after head ringworm?
The scalp will return to normal appearance in 4 to 8 weeks. The hair will grow back in 3 to 6 months after treatment is completed.
Are ringworm spots permanent?
Ringworm scars are usually brown or discolored and flat. They may cover large or small patches of skin. Some scarring caused by ringworm can be permanent. Scarring isn’t necessarily harmful, and scars usually fade over time.
What happens if you don’t cure ringworm?
If not treated, ringworm can spread and the skin can become irritated and painful. Skin blisters and cracks can become infected with bacteria. If this happens, you may need to take antibiotics.
What cures ringworm fast?
Over-the-counter antifungals can kill the fungus and promote healing. Effective medications include miconazole (Cruex), clotrimazole (Desenex) and terbinafine (Lamisil). After cleaning the rash, apply a thin layer of antifungal medication to the affected area 2 to 3 times per day or as directed by the package.
How do you get rid of scalp ringworm?
Antifungal medications that can be taken by mouth are used to treat ringworm of the scalp. The medications most commonly prescribed include griseofulvin (Gris-Peg) and terbinafine (Lamisil). Your child might need to take one of these medications for six weeks or more.
Can ringworm go away on its own?
There’s no set time limit for a ringworm infection. Without treatment, it may go away on its own in a matter of months in a healthy person. Or it may not. Ringworm on the body is usually treated with a topical ointment such as terbinafine.
What does ringworm on head look like?
Ringworm of the scalp or beard often looks like round, bald patches. Most often, the infection spreads outward while the inside of the circle clears up. This makes the infection look like a ring. The name “ringworm” comes from this pattern.
Will hair grow back after tinea capitis?
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.
What kills scalp fungus?
Scalp fungus is treatable using antifungal medications. One of the most common medications used to treat fungal infections of the scalp is griseofulvin, an oral antifungal. You may need to use griseofulvin or another medication for four to eight weeks to properly treat the infection.