Symptoms and Signs of Ringworm on Scalp (Tinea Capitis)

Doctor's Notes on Ringworm on Scalp (Tinea Capitis)

Ringworm is a superficial fungal infection of the skin. It can occur anywhere on the body. When it affects the scalp, it is medically known as tinea capitis. Ringworm is contagious and can be spread from person to person. Ringworm of the scalp is particularly common in young children. The name ringworm comes from the early belief that the condition was due to a worm, which it is not. The fungi that cause the infection are known as Dermatophytes.

Signs and symptoms of ringworm include a red, scaly, rash that may crust over. It appears as round patches on the skin. Associated symptoms of scalp ringworm include patchy hair loss. Blistering and itching are additional symptoms of ringworm.


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