The official, medical term of ringworm infections that are located on the scalp is “tinea capitis”. This type of ringworm infection usually causes scaly, bald and itchy patches on the scalp. Everyone should keep in mind the fact that this type of infection is highly contagious. Although it primarily affects children, even adults can get infected, especially if they have a weak immune system.
How to recognize it?
There are many signs that may help you recognize a scalp ringworm infection. These signs usually include an itchy or painful scalp, brittle hair, blister looking lesions on the scalp (these lesions can even release puss sometimes).
Apart from these signs a ringworm infection on the scalp can also cause the scalp to gain a scaly aspect and it can cause bald patches.
How did you get it?
The only way you can get a ringworm infection of any kind is by coming into contact with another infected person or even an item that carries the fungus. The bad news is that this fungus which is responsible for creating ringworm infections can even be passed on by animals. So if you have a pet that likes to go around the neighborhood, he may be the one to blame for your ringworm infection and scalp problems.
Of course, there are certain ways in which you can prevent a scalp ringworm infection. First of all, you can avoid using anything on your head or scalp that has not been properly sterilized. This includes combs, hats, hair brushes, head rests and even bedding materials and it also includes any equipment or utensil used by your hair dresser.
On top of that, you should know that it is crucial to keep your scalp clean and dry, because the ringworm creating fungus seems to be thriving in areas that are moist and warm. So as soon as you wash your hair, you should try to dry it properly. Last, but not least, in case you do get a ringworm infection you should try to treat it as fast and as effectively as possible without passing it on to your pets or family. The longer you get exposed to the fungus, the longer it will take for you to get rid of it.
There are several treatments that can successfully deal with a ringworm treatment, especially with an infection that is located in the scalp area.
First of all, you should try using a type of shampoo that contains a chemical substance called selenium sulfide. Even ketoconazole will work for a ringworm infection. These are both antifungal substances that will completely eliminate the infection. In order for it to work you should wash your hair at least twice a day.
Given the fact that it is highly acidic, vinegar is another great antifungal ingredient that might help you get rid of the ringworm infection. All you need to do is apply some apple cider vinegar to the affected area for about two or even three times a day and you will soon the results.
Other effective ringworm treatments are Neem oil and garlic. You can try one of these or even all of them to make sure you have gotten rid of the infection effectively.