Tinea Capitis - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Tinea Capitis Alternative names is Fungal infection and Ringworm scalp. Tinea capitis is an infection of the scalp by mold-like fungi also called is dermatophytes. TA is considered to be a form of superficial mycosis. Several synonyms are used, including ringworm of the scalp and tinea tonsurans. In the United States and other regions of the world, the incidence of tinea capitis is increasing. Tinea capitis is the most common pediatric dermatophyte infection worldwide. The age predilection is believed to result from the presence of Pityrosporum orbiculare (Pityrosporum ovale), which is part of normal flora, and from the fungistatic properties of fatty acids of short and medium chains in postpubertal sebum. Fungi that cause tinea capitis thrive in warm, humid environments.
Tinea capitis is most common between preschool-age and adolescence. Tinea infections are contagious. If you come into direct contact with someone who has the condition, or if you touch contaminated items such as combs, hats, clothing, or similar surfaces. The infection can also be spread by pets, particularly cats. Tinea capitis occurs primarily in children and occasionally in other age groups. It is seen most commonly in children younger than 10 years. Peak age range is in patients aged 3-7 years.
Tinea capitis is widespread in some urban areas in North America and South America. It is common in parts of Africa and India. In Southeast Asia, the rate of infection has been reported to have decreased dramatically from 14% (average of male and female children) to 1.2% in the last 50 years because of improved general sanitary conditions and personal hygiene. In northern Europe, the disease is sporadic.
Causes of Tinea Capitis
Common causes of Tinea Capitis
Symptoms of Tinea Capitis
Common Symptoms of Tinea Capitis
Treatment of Tinea Capitis
Common Treatment of Tinea Capitis
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