Your doctor can often make a diagnosis of ringworm or another condition affecting the scalp based on a visual examination of the scalp and your answers to questions.

He or she may take a sample or hair or skin for examination under a microscope. This test may reveal the presence of fungi and help confirm a diagnosis.

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