How to Distinguish Between Tinea Capitis and Other Scalp Conditions
Most scalp conditions are associated with similar symptoms, which make it very difficult to identify a particular condition just by taking a look at the affected hair and scalp.
Although an experienced dermatologist may be able to easily diagnose ringworms, the best approach involves scrapping the affected area with a blunt scalpel. The harvested hairs are subjected to microscopic viewing. The presence of spores is considered as positive diagnosis.
(1) Topical treatment:
Topical treatments applied in the right amounts have been found to effectively get rid of ringworms. They include shampoos containing:
- Zinc pyrithione
- Selenium sulfide
- Povidone iodine
It is important to note that topical treatment by itself is not considered to be sufficient. However, any commercial shampoo that contains 0.02 parts of ketoconazole has been found to be very effective.
The shampoo should be used for a period of up to 8 weeks. Topical treatment has been very successful, especially in children.