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Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) is the term used by Dermatologists to describe a fungal infection of the scalp caused by dermatophyte species. Infections may be passed from person to person (so-called anthropophilic, in which man is the primary host) or acquired from animal (zoophilic). This is a common problem encountered to skin specialist in Delhi. Several different species of fungi may be responsible, predominantly Microsporum and Trichophyton species, and can be identified by their varied characteristics on microscopy and culture. Species that invade only the inside of the hair shaft are turmed endothrix infections, whereas those that invade both the inside and the outside of the hair shaft are responsible for ectothrix infections. The disease is most prevalent in childern and usually presents with areas of scaling and alopecia, with a varying degree of inflammation. According to Skin Doctor in Delhi There may be associated cervical lymphadenopathy. Some species of dermatophyte induce a very inflammatory, pustular reaction, which may lead to scarring and permanent alopecia. However, this is fortunately relatively uncommon with modern treatment regimens, in which full regrowth of hair is the normal outcome.


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