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Tick Bites & Ringworm

Tick Bites

Tick bites can be difficult to identify on the hairline and scalp, because they are usually hidden by your hair. A tick bite may sometimes cause your scalp to itch, but there are often no other symptoms. If you have visited a region where ticks are likely to occur, particularly in the summer and autumn months, be sure to check your own scalp and your children’s.

The best way to remove a tick from your scalp is to pull it out with a pair of pointed tweezers. Do not: squeeze or crush the tick’s body; try to remove a tick with your fingernails; try to burn a tick off your skin.

Please note, if you find a tick anywhere on your body, and live or have recently visited a country where Lyme Disease is present, we advise that you make an appointment to see your doctor.

Ringworm

What is Ringworm?

Ringworm (tinea capitis) is not, despite its name, an actual worm — it is a fungal infection. When it occurs on the scalp, it can result in scaly, circular bald patches. It is most common in children, and is highly contagious.

How Do You Treat Ringworm?

Ringworm is easily diagnosed and treated with the antibiotic griseofulvin. Please consult with your doctor or a Trichologist if you suspect that you or your child has ringworm.