Picture of Tinea Capitis
Tinea capitis is a condition in which ringworm
affects the scalp
. It is a fungal infection and often affects school-aged children. The scalp of an affected person will have scaly patches, balding, and broken hair. Treatment of the condition involves oral antibiotics
that can reach the affected hair roots. Tinea capitis is curable, and the hair will grow back after treatment.
Image Source: Image reprinted with permission from eMedicine.com, 2010.
Text Reference: American Family Physician, vol. 80, 2009: "Diagnosis and Treating Hair Loss"