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This fungal infection of the scalp primarily affects children aged between three and seven. People often refer to it by its alternative name of scalp ringworm. Dermophytes fungi or Trichophyton tonsurans fungus spreads the infection and cause ringworm to develop. It is possible to get this infection from contact with infected animals or human beings. The fungi thrive in hot and humid environments, and so it usually affects body areas where sweat accumulates. The condition is difficult to treat but may disappear of its own accord when the child reaches puberty.

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1. How the infection usually affects the scalp

It usually causes some hair loss, and it gives the hair a bristly look. It tends to make the scalp very scaly. Sometimes it can also affect the face and other body areas. In some cases, the infection creates lesions several inches wide, and these might turn into a big rash. The part of the scalp affected sometimes becomes very itchy. Occasionally, there is a major discharge of pus from the infected area. Some sufferers could become permanently bald in the most extreme ringworm damage incidences.

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