Tinea Capitis



Y. K. Malhotra, A. J. Kanwar

Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 3, No.2. July 1980:61-66


Mycotic infections of the scalp (Tinea capitis) caused by various species of dermatophytes are widely distributed throughout all the continents of the world, constituting a significant public health problem in many areas. The disease presents a spectrum of clinical manifestations depending upon the causative species of dermatophyte. From a few localized areas of scaling and hair loss which do not produce much disability or even great discomfort, the marked infiammato,y types especially kerion and favus result in scarring and disfiguring baldness. These horrifying sequalae lead not only to profound and lasting psychological insults in the affected child, but are also a source of social stigma.

Keywords: Tinea Capitis