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Tinea Capitis

Tinea Capitis Causes

The condition is caused by mold-like fungi that attack the scalp skin's outer layer invading the hair shaft and causing it to break. If untreated, the condition is contagious and easily spreads through contact with infected persons. It may also spread through touching common items touched by an infected person or animal, or grooming or petting an infected animal.

Tinea Capitis Definition

Tinea capitis is a fungal infection affecting the scalp, skin, and nails. It is also known as ringworm of the scalp.

Tinea Capitis Diagnosis

The doctor determines whether the condition is ringworm or another skin disorder by taking a sample of the skin or plucking hairs from the infected area and examines them under a microscope. If it is ringworm, a fungus shows. If negative but ringworm is still suspected, the samples are further tested in a lab.

Tinea Capitis Symptoms and Signs

Tinea capitis is usually affects children who would experience having scalps with itchy, red, and bald-looking patches. These patches may be painful or tender and gradually expand.

Tinea Capitis Treatment

An infected child may take medications orally or applied directly to the infected area. Oral medication may be liquid, table, or a granule mixed with food. It is more effective than medication applied on the area. The medication needs to be taken regularly unless otherwise directed by the physician.

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