How does tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) affect the body?

The mold-like fungus which causes tinea capitis, more commonly known as scalp ringworm, survives by taking nutrients from the scalp. This causes those reddish patches on your skin that itch so much. Hair loss occurs because the fungus gets into your hair shaft and weakens it, which causes hair to break off. If scalp ringworm isn't treated, you can develop a painful scalp inflammation called kerion. This is when the scalp sores will ooze pus and crust over, and hair will fall out. This serious reaction can cause permanent hair loss and scars.

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