Tinea Capitis is also referred to as ringworm of the scalp which is a fungal infection and hair follicles. The symptoms for every person are different but its appearance is scaly, itchy and bald patches. Read the given topic as we have mentioned its different causes and possible treatment option.
Hair is one of the most important features for both men and women. It helps in symbolizing a youthful and attractive look. But this is also true many people face hair loss problems that get triggered because of different reasons.
At hair and skin factory, we help the patients who are facing the problem by giving them general care for the hair & scalp when the problem starts. Tinea Capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is one such condition that can result in uncomfortable side effects and might even lead to permanent hair loss when treatment is not taken. We give our patients its treatment after diagnosing and evaluating the condition so that scalp health is restored and hair loss problem can be addressed.
What is tinea capitis?
Tinea capitis is a fungal infection that affects the scalp skin. This problem affects the skin as well as hair shafts. The problem is highly contagious which can result in the following symptoms like:
- Dry and itchy patches of skin
- Circular marks on the skin
- Low-grade fever
- Brittle hair or hair loss patches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Possible causes of tinea capitis
Tinea capitis occurs because of fungi and they grow on dead tissues like hair and skin outer layer. Mostly the fungi are present in a moist and warm area so when the hair is wet continuously they will get affected more.
This condition is contagious and it gets shared by direct contact with another person or even animal who is suffering from the problem. The risk of getting the infection increases when you share comb, bedding, towels, and other clothing items with other individuals. Although this condition is common in children and patients of different age affected. Patients develop this condition:
- The person with an open sore or scrape on the scalp
- People who do not wash their hair often
- For an extended time, the scalp remains moist
Keep in mind the problem can trigger hair loss which can even lead to balding. So, getting help at the right time is very essential. One of the treatment options which is ideal to get the hair growth back is undergoing hair transplant treatment as it gives permanent and natural-looking results.
No doubt, the condition is uncomfortable and it can lead to permanent hair loss so getting treatment right away is necessary. The treatment is lengthy and the regrowth of hair will take months. So, you should follow the instructions given by your doctor to get the best possible results on time.
In the treatment plan, there is the use of medicated shampoo and oral medication. In the shampoo, there is a high level of selenium sulfide that cannot kill the ringworm but its progression is slowed down and infection won’t spread further. The oral medications are prescribed for around 6 weeks and make sure you are taking them on time.
It is possible that after it is treated bald patches are present so consulting the doctor regarding hair transplant surgery is the best choice. Book your appointment with the surgeon to understand everything in a better way!