What Is Tinea Capitis?

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  • 1. Ringworm (scalp). (2018, March 07). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ringworm-scalp/symptoms-causes/syc-20354918
  • 2. Bergen, T. (2019, March 7). Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis) (999335125 771118940 C. Cobb DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Ed.). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/tinea-capitis
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3. What Are the Symptoms of Tinea Capitis?

The most distinctive feature of tinea capitis is round bald patches on the scalp.3Tinea Capitis. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/conditions/tinea-capitis The infection attacks the shafts of hair, causing them to become brittle and break off. Sometimes the broken shafts of hair form visible little dark spots in the skin. These bald spots may start small and get bigger over time.1Ringworm (scalp). (2018, March 07). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ringworm-scalp/symptoms-causes/syc-20354918

The affected skin of the scalp can turn red or gray and scaly. It may also be itchy and painful. A person with ringworm may develop a low-grade fever, and lymph nodes may be swollen.2Bergen, T. (2019, March 7). Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis) (999335125 771118940 C. Cobb DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Ed.). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/tinea-capitis

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