Ringworm on Scalp
Ringworm on Scalp Overview
Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) is a very common infection among children throughout the world. It is not caused by a worm but by a fungus infection and is named for the ring-like or circular appearance of the infection on the skin. Fungal organisms known as dermatophytes superficially infect certain types of tissue found in hair, skin, and nails. The different types of fungal infections are named based on location and may differ in how they are treated. Certain dermatophytes forms the crusty, scaly patches commonly associated with scalp ringworm.
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