Tinea capitis

Overview

Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a highly contagious fungal infection of the scalp and hair shafts.

Symptoms

It's common in children, usually appearing as itchy, scaly, bald patches on the head. Scarring or hair loss sometimes occurs.

Treatments

Treatment includes oral medications to kill fungi and medicated shampoos to lessen the spread of infection.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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