Picture of Tinea Capitis
Tinea capitis is also known as ringworm of the scalp. This fungal infection generally affects school-age children and may spread in schools. It appears as scalp scaling associated with bald spots usually showing broken-off hairs. Oral antibiotics are needed to penetrate the hair roots and cure the infection after which hair grows back.
Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on May 4, 2010
Image Source: Image reprinted with permission from eMedicine.com, 2010.
Text: MedicineNet - Hair Loss in Men and Women