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What is Tinea capitis or Ringworm?

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Ringworm or Tinea capitis is a fungal infection of the scalp. Some ringworm of the scalp can cause inflammation on the site of the infection which can cause scarring or permanent hair loss.


Tinea capitis is widespread in some urban areas, particularly in children of Afro-Caribbean extraction, in North America, Central America, and South America. [1]


- Highly contagious
- Most common in toddlers and school children
- Medication required
- Diagnosis required


Fungi called dermatophytes causes ringworm of the scalp. Fungi are the organisms which thrive upon dead tissues such as fingernails, hair, and outer layers of skin. Poor hygiene increases the spread of ringworm. It can easily spread from people to people. If you use a comb or other objects of the infected person, then the chances of getting ringworm are high. House pets can spread ringworm too.


Symptoms:



- Itchy bald patches on the scalp
- Scaly red spots which can increase
- Brittle hair
- Painful scalp
- Low-grade fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
- In severe cases, the patient can develop kerion (crusty swellings).


Treatment


Self-care:
- Keep the area as clean as possible. Wash the affected area with water and antibacterial soap daily.
- Coconut oil has antifungal properties and applying it to the scalp can help in treating ringworm infection.
- Turmeric also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.


Medication: Doctor may prescribe fungi killing oral medication and shampoo.


Specialist: It takes time to treat ringworm, and it is necessary that the specialist notes the progress so that the condition does not get worse. Contact mfine to get the best treatment for any

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