Scalp Ringworm (Tinea Capitis)

Ringworm of the scalp, also known as Tinea capitis, is not a worm but a contagious fungal infection that affects the scalp and hair shafts. It is often characterised by circular marks on the skin, with a flat centre and raised borders. This infection is most common in children but can affect people of any age. It is typically spread through person-to-person contact or through shared combs, towels, hats, or pillows.

Dermatophytes, a type of fungus, cause ringworm on the scalp. These organisms thrive on dead tissue, such as hair and skin cells, and prefer warm and moist environments to grow. Hence, poor hygiene and overcrowded living situations are ideal conditions for the spread of this infection.

In addition to humans, house pets such as cats and dogs may carry and spread the infection. Farm animals like goats, cows, horses, and pigs can also be carriers of the disease despite not showing any signs themselves.

Ringworm is a highly contagious condition that is easily spread through contact with an infected person or object. This includes sharing combs, bedding, or other objects used by an infected person.

Ringworm is a common skin condition that is characterised by itchy, scaly patches on the scalp. These patches may include bald spots where the hair has broken off and are often accompanied by black dots. If left untreated, these patches can grow larger and spread. Other symptoms of ringworm include brittle hair, a painful scalp, swollen lymph nodes, a low-grade fever, and in severe cases, kerion which are crusty swellings that drain pus and can lead to permanent bald spots or scarring.

A visual examination by a doctor is usually sufficient to diagnose ringworm of the scalp. However, in order to definitively confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may take a skin or hair sample and send it to a laboratory for testing. Microscopic evaluation of either the hair or a scraping from the affected area of the scalp is necessary to spot evidence of fungal infection.

Your doctor will likely prescribe an oral antifungal medication and medicated shampoo to deal with the fungal issue.

It is essential to treat ringworm with the leading antifungal medications, Griseofulvin (Grisovin) and Terbinafine hydrochloride (Lamisil). Both are oral medication with a recommended treatment duration of six weeks. Typical side effects include diarrhea, upset stomach, sun sensitivity, vomiting, fatigue, faintness, dizziness, headache, rash and hives. Additionally, those taking Griseofulvin could experience allergic reactions in people who are also allergic to penicillin. Likewise, side effects of terbinafine hydrochloride may include stomach pain, itching, rash, hives, loss of taste or change in taste, allergic reaction, headache, fever and rare cases of liver problems. To minimise the risk of these side effects it is recommended to take these medications with a high-fat food such as peanut butter or ice cream.

You should use a medicated shampoo containing either ketoconazole or selenium sulfide, prescribed by your doctor, to prevent the spread of fungal infection. To ensure successful treatment, you should use this shampoo a minimum of twice a week for around one month; leave it on for five minutes before rinsing. Please note that this shampoo will only prevent the spread of fungus and must be combined with an oral medication to kill ringworm.

We strongly recommend that HSB Labs Grow Shampoo and Boost Conditioner be used as part of a daily hair program to help restore the health of your scalp and hair follicles. This gentle cleansing treatment provides additional support to any treatments prescribed by your doctor.

It is essential to practice patience when treating ringworm, as it typically takes more than one month for visible improvement. To help reduce the spread of the contagious dermatophyte that causes this condition, it is important to maintain regular hygiene practices such as shampooing and washing hands.

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