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About Children's Tinea Capitis


Tinea Capitis (ringworm) is a disease caused by a superficial fungal infection of the skin of the scalp.

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.


The diagnosis is suspected primarily based on the appearance of the scalp. A Wood's lamp (U.V light) test may be performed to confirm the presence of a fungal scalp infection. Tinea capitis is usually treated with an antifungal, such as Grisoflvin, which is taken by mouth for 8 weeks. Tinea capitis is also treated with Nizoral shampoo, which is used to wash the scalp 2-3 times a week. It is very important to continue the use of the oral medication and shampoo for the entire 8 weeks. Treatment failure is common when medications are not taken every day for the full 8 weeks. Children who have tinea capitis are not required to leave school if treatment is used as directed.

We understand that hair and scalp disorders can be traumatic and can have a severe affect on a childs well-being, which in turn affects the patient's health in general, after all hair is well documented as the barometer of health. Our children's hair loss clinics provide a service encompassing both the medical and cosmetic issues relating to scalp and hair health. Each clinic is dedicated to providing expert advice and treatment for all types of hair loss and scalp problems, to cosmetic damage. Call now on 0330 660 0648 to book your appointment.

1:3 women will suffer from hair loss at some point in their life.

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