Preparing for your appointment

If your child has a condition affecting his or her scalp, you'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or child's pediatrician. You may be referred to a skin specialist (dermatologist).

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you first notice symptoms?
  • What did the scalp look like when symptoms first appeared?
  • Is the rash painful or itchy?
  • What, if anything, makes the condition better or worse?
  • Do you have any pets at home, or has your child been around farm animals?
  • Does another family member or a pet already have ringworm?
  • Do you know of any cases of ringworm in your child's school?

Questions for your doctor

Questions you might be prepared to ask your doctor include:

  • If this is ringworm, what can we do to prevent the infection from spreading?
  • What hair care routines do you recommend while the condition heals?
  • When can my child return to school?
  • Should I schedule a follow-up appointment for my child?
  • Should I make appointments for my other children even if they aren't showing signs or symptoms right now?
Nov. 05, 2016
References
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