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Tinea Capitis Treatment

Tinea Capitis Treatment

Tinea Capitis is a fungal infection of scalp, which affects the hair follicles causing hair fall and retardation of hair growth. Commonly known as ‘Scalp ringworm’, the infection is primarily caused by Trichophyton and Microsporum strain of fungus. The condition is accompanied with hair loss, formation black dot pattern and scales on the scalp as well as inflammation of scalp leading to itching.

Symptoms of Tinea Capitis

The fungal infection in tinea capitis leads to development of the following physical symptoms –

  • Thickened, scaly and boggy swellings on the scalp
  • Raised red rings on scalp
  • Itching and dandruff
  • Formation of bald patches at the site of fungal infection
  • Small red papule formation in case of Microsporosis infection
  • Yellowish, circular, cup shaped crust formation in case of Favus infection
  • Dry, angular and non-inflammatory patches in case of Trichophytosis infection

Diagnosis of Tinea Capitis

Symptoms of this condition can be very similar to those of Psoriasis and Seborrheic dermatitis, therefore the condition has to be differentially diagnosed by the following methods –

  • Microscopic examination of microbial culture created from epilated hair
  • Wood’s lamp examination (bright green, yellow green and white green fluorescence based on the type of infecting fungus)
  • Physical diagnosis of small comma hair
  • Scalp biopsy to reveal fungal infection in hair follicles
  • Presence of associated inflammatory tissue reaction 

Tinea Capitis Treatment

Once the condition has been differentially diagnosed, a trichologist can recommend Tinea capitis treatment, best suited to the symptoms and extent of condition. Treatment options include –

  • Oral consumption of medicine Griseofulvin (10mg/kg/day) for 6-8 weeks; to hamper fungal growth
  • Oral consumption of medicine itraconazole along with milk, for maximum absorption
  • Oral consumption of terbinafine
  • Fluconazole consumption orally
  • Topical application of selenium sulfide shampoo for restricting spread of fungal infection

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