Ringworm of the scalp

Ringworm of the Scalp – Tinea Capitis


Hi this is Dr. Charles Crutchfield clinical professor of dermatology and medical director at Crutchfield Dermatology.

Today we are going to talk about ringworm of the scalp. The medical term is Tinea Capitis.

Is Ringworm of the Scalp Common?

Tinea Capitis is very common in African American children. In fact any child with a scaling itching scalp should be thouroughly investigated for ringworm of the scalp.

Ringworm of the Scalp Clue

One of the clues are large lymphnodes on the back of the neck.

How Long Is Treatment?

It’s important that the medical treatment occurs for at least eight weeks or as advised by board certified dermatologists It’s also recommended that all objects that touch the hair such as comb barrets rubber bands and pillow cases be replaced or treated to prevent reinfection.

Anti-fungal Shampoo

I also advise all members of the household to use an anti fungal shampoo because ringworm is a fungal infection But to use this shampoo for at least two months.

Can Adults Have Ringworm of the Scalp?

This is a very common yet easily treated condition in young children.
Adults rarely develop ringworm of the scalp but can be carriers and pass it on to their children who are prone to the infection. That’s why it is so important to treat the entire family for two months.

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