Tinea Capitis (Ringworm, Fungal Scalp Infection, Kerion)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

Tinea Capitis – Fungal Scalp Infection

Tinea Corporis – Fungal Infection (Body)

Kerion

Kerion

Tinea Capitis (Ringworm, Fungal Scalp Infection):

  • May appear as:
    • Bald patches in the scalp
    • Flaky, red patches with hair loss
    • Bald patches with tiny black “dots” which are broken hairs
    • A boggy mass filled with pus (kerion)
    • Swollen lymph glands at the back of the neck
  • Is caused by a fungus – usually the species Trichophyton tonsurans or Microsporum canis
  • Is not caused by worms
  • Is not caused by diet
  • Is spread by sharing contaminated scissors, hair styling tools, hats, pillows, combs, hair extensions
  • Does not usually produce permanent hair loss
  • Often affects several members of the same household as it is easily transmitted
  • Is more common in children
  • Is more common in people with dark skin and very curly hair
  • May produce scaly ring-shaped lesions on the skin as well as affecting the scalp

Treatment:

  • Check everyone in the household for skin and scalp lesions
  • One untreated person can spread the infection to everyone in the home
  • Do not share hair styling tools, hats, pillows, combs etc. without disinfecting them first
  • Antifungal creams and shampoos are NOT adequate to treat fungal scalp infections
    • The infection is located deep in the hair follicle and the only effective treatment is with oral medications (pills)
  • A variety of pills are available
  • Please discuss your treatment options with your doctor