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Ringworm of the Scalp

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Definition

Tinea capitis is a fungal infection of the scalp.

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Areas that appear bald, due to hair that has broken off
  • Itching of the scalp
  • Pus-filled sores (lesions) on the scalp (kerions)
  • Round, scaly lesions on the scalp that may be red or swollen (inflamed)
  • Small black dots on the scalp
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