Tinea Capitis

Tinea Capitis

Welcome to Atlantic Dermatology located in
Wilmington, North Carolina. I’m Dr. Crane. I’m a board certified dermatologist, and I’m
here to talk to you about Tinea capitis, or fungal infections of the scalp. Fungal infections
of the scalp are relatively common, especially in younger kids, and often when their playing
in school: first, second, third graders. One kid will get it and the next thing you know
it will spread to another kid and it’ll go right around the classroom. First signs that
you’ll commonly see are just scaly and flakey areas of the scalp, and in some kids, these
scaly and flaky areas will take over the scalp and they’ll even get bumps or lymph-nodes
behind their neck area, just along the back of the neck there. So if you either see the
scaliness plus the lymph-nodes, you want to start thinking about Tineacapatis, or fungal
infections of the scalp. The best thing to do is often see your dermatologist, and the
dermatologist will take a look at the scaling in the scalp; they may or may not do a culture
to see what type of fungus grows, that’s sort of optional. But many times when you really
know its a fungus of the scalp, then they’ll often put the kids on an anti-fungal medication.
Griseofulvin is one medication that is very commonly used, and often its a couple teaspoons
in the morning, a couple teaspoons at night. And you go on for a couple months with this
medication and that often clears the flaking, scaling…if its the inflammatory type, it’ll
clear the big puss bumps that are coming up, and the lymph-nodes in the back of the neck
will go down and everything will get back to normal. So if you’re having a tough time
with fungal infections of the scalp or Tinea capitis, then see your dermatologist.


  • Nate Andrew says:

    Hi what are some other common issues that may mimic or be different symptoms? I'm currently on ketroconizole, mupriprocin, and doxycycline…hope my spelling is correct. I've never had issues until just two months ago, then it became blatantly obvious and my head would split and ooze. Is this normal?

  • Rajan Rajan says:

    I have tenia capitis 2-3 years ago plzz help me sir

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