Tinea capitis refers to fungal infection of the scalp.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Fungal pathogens/dermatophytes are responsible for causing this condition. The most common pathogen in the US is Trichophyton tonsurans.
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Children, immunocompromised individuals
- Hair loss
- Itchy scalp
- Scaly erythematous patch on scalp
- Initial Presentation:
- Hair loss on scalp with residual black dot
KOH Emanation of hair shaft can be done to confirm the diagnosis.
Oral anti fungal medications:
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