Ringworm infections can manifest themselves in different places on the body. Tinea capitis is the scientific name for ringworm on the scalp. This is a very common condition in children, especially ages 3 to 7 and the parents should not be concerned about future health difficulties related to this infection. There are plenty of ringworm remedy options that can be used for quick resolution.
The fungi that cause tinea capitis produce spores that are shed into the infected child’s clothing, brushes or combs, and even into the air around the child. These spores can survive for months on objects. Children get tinea capitis after they come in contact with an infected person or animal, or after they come in contact with spores in other ways. For example, one common source of spores is classmates or adults who carry the spores on their skin or scalp without being infected.
The most common symptom of ringworm or the scalp is temporary hair loss. There is also a rash, which can look different depending on whether the fungus gets inside the hair shaft or stays on the outside of the hair shaft. Common appearances include:
- Black dot: A patch of hair loss with black dots on the scalp caused by hairs that are broken off just below the surface of the skin
- Gray patch: Areas of hair loss with dry, scaly patches on the scalp