The doctor will ask about symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The person may be referred to a skin doctor.
Diagnosis is often based on a scalp exam. If the diagnosis is uncertain, the doctor may scrape the scalp or clip a few hairs for testing.
Tests on the sample may include:
- Microscopic exam
- Fungal culture
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