Tinea capitis

  • Alternative Names

    Fungal infection - scalp; Infection - fungal - scalp; Tinea of the scalp; Ringworm - scalp


    Tinea capitis may involve only parts of the scalp, or all of it. Areas that are infected appear bald with small black dots, due to hair that has broken off.

    Round, scaly areas of skin that can be red or swollen (inflamed) may be found, as well as pus-filled sores called kerions.

    You may have a low-grade fever of around 100 - 101 °F or swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

    There is usuallyitching of the scalp.

    Signs and tests

    The appearance of the scalp will make the health care provider suspect tinea capitis. A special lamp called aWood's lamp test can help diagnose a fungal scalp infection.

    The health care provider may swab the area and send it for a culture. However it may take up to 3 weeks to get these results.

    Rarely, a skin biopsy of the scalp will be done.