Tinea capitis is a fungal infection that affects the scalp, usually developing in children between the ages of three and seven. It is also called scalp ringworm and can lead to black dots on the scalp and hair loss.  The infection is most often spread through contact with infected animals or another infected person. Though difficult to treat, tinea capitis often resolves itself once the child enters 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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