May 25 2006, 1:35 pm PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
Do I have Ringworm, that is scarry? Where are the worms? I looked very carefully for them and did not see them. Are they like earthworms? Here is a picture of what my doctor called Ringworms as the cause of my hair loss.
Ringworm is a terrible term and I apologize for the medical profession’s use of it. A better term is tinea capitis and it is not a worm at all, but rather it is a fungal infection of the skin. For more info on this, please read:
- BBC News - City ‘ringworm epidemic’ warning
- eMedicine.com - Tinea Capitis
- MedlinePlus - Tinea capitis
This is one cause of localized hair loss that is relatively easy to treat and diagnosis is easy in the hands of a good family practice doctor or dermatologist.
Here’s a photo of what tinea capitis (better known as ringworm) infection looks like on the scalp: