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Fungal Scalp Infection Overview

Another name for Fungal Scalp Infection is Tinea Capitis.

What is tinea capitis?
A person with tinea capitis has inflammation of the scalp caused by a fungal infection. Tinea capitis is more common in children. With treatment, tinea capitis usually resolves within 2 months.

What are the symptoms of tinea capitis?
Symptoms of tinea capitis include a patchy, round, scaly rash on the scalp. The rash may cause scalp swelling, itching, scalp tenderness, and hair loss.

How does the doctor treat tinea capitis?
Treatment for tinea capitis may include an antifungal shampoo or oral antifungal medication. Additional treatment may include oral antihistamine medications for itching.

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Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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