Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is a disease caused by a superficial fungal infection of the skin of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes, with a propensity for attacking hair shafts and follicles. The disease is considered to be a form of superficial mycosis or dermatophytosis. One can also be a carrier of the fungus without exhibiting any symptoms. Animals, humans, and even different objects can be transmitters if they harbor the fungus.
Several other names are used when referring to this infection, including ringworm of the scalp and tinea tonsurans. In the US and other regions of the world, the incidence of tinea capitis is increasing. The tinea capitis infection is the most common cause of hair loss in children. Luckily, it can be easily treated.
Children with tinea capitis usually have patchy hair loss with some broken-off hairs visible just above the surface of the scalp. The patches of hair loss are usually round or oval, but sometimes irregular. Sometimes the hairs are broken right at the surface and look like little black dots on the scalp. Gray flakes or scales are usually seen. These spots can be itchy as they are very dry and scaly. Although rare, there can be instances of a yellowish crust that sometimes mats the hair, or even large inflamed masses, similar to an abscess.
We provide many treatment options that are quick and painless. Usually, an over the counter medication in combination with our natural hair care products does the trick. It helps soothe irritated skin and will help your child’s hair start growing back in no time!