Is Tinea Capitis Contagious?
Yes. The disease easily spreads when one has physical contact with an infected person, especially contact with the hair. The reason the condition is so prevalent among children is because children are generally very close and tend to have a lot of physical contact with each other, especially while at school.
What Are the Risk Factors for Tinea Capitis?
- Sharing hair shave blades with a large number of people in pilgrimage centers, mostly in unhygienic conditions
- Sharing of fomites like combs, towels, hair brushes and theater seats with infected persons
- Physical contacts with pets that serve as habitats for zoophilic (animal) dermatophytes
- Having wet hair for long periods of time. Fungi thrive best under moist conditions
- Major/minor scalp injuries
- Round bald patches on the scalp
- Sever itching of the scalp. The natural reaction is most likely to be scratching, leading to hair loss
- Brittle, broken hairs that are shorter than the rest
- The bald patches may appear red and scaly in serious cases
- Bald patches may blister and ooze
- Gray patches
- Thickened boggy swellings, especially in adults