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Tinea Capitis/Kerion

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Tinea Capitis (also known as Ringworm of the hair, Ringworm of the scalp, or Scalp ringworm) is a type of fungal infection that affects the scalp. It’s commonly seen in young children and more often in boys than girls.

Causes of Tinea Capitis

The disease is primarily caused by dermatophytes or fungi that invade the hair shaft. This is often accompanied by inflammation, scaling, pustules and itching.

Symptoms of Tinea Capitis

  • Thickened or scaly swellings
  • Expanded or raised red rings (ringworm)
  • Severe itching of the scalp
  • Dandruff and bald patches

Treatments for Tinea Capitis

Treatment involves oral antifungal medication. The medication penetrates the hair shaft where the fungus lives.

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.