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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 center, 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 blisterlike bumps. Without treatment,
permanent scarring and balding can occur.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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