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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Tinea Capitis

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What are some over-the-counter treatments for tinea capitis (ringworm of scalp)?

What are some over-the-counter treatments for tinea capitis (ringworm of scalp)?

Stubborn...: Unfortunately, the skin of the scalp is particularly stubborn and most of the time requires oral medication for weeks to months to clear up tinea. It is best to see you doctor or a dermatologist to MAP out a care plan, as the treatment can have side effects, especially on your liver. Wish i had better news, but you are likely wasting time and money using over-the-counter meds for this. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for hair regrow from tinea capitis scarring?

Would it be possible for hair regrow from tinea capitis scarring?

Not typically: Scarring can cause permanent damage to hair follicles and once destroyed the hair will not regrow unless grafted. ...Read more

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Can you get tinea capitis from sitting on the sofa after a infected person sat there?

Can you get tinea capitis from sitting on the sofa after a infected person sat there?

No.: Infection is at head/scalp, not body or buttock. Besides, fungus has to directly closely contact with the skin, otherwise would not cause infection. ...Read more

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What over the counter product can I use to grow back my hair after treating my tinea capitis ?

Tincture of time: An inexpensive multiple vitamin, perhaps one containing biotin, may help. Glad you got your tinea diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I live in india and i think I have tinea capitis...Can you prescribe oral medicines for the same?

Antifungals: Tinea capitis can be treated by a number of antifungals from Griseofulvin to terbinafine or fluconazole. However, i would recommend seeing a doctor to make sure the diagnosis is right as well as the appropriate dose; it is improper to do an exact prescription without knowing/examining the patient. ...Read more

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Is hair loss from tinea capitis always permanent?

Is hair loss from tinea capitis always permanent?

Often: If the infection completely destroyed the hair follicles, yes, hair would be gone forever. ...Read more

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Need facts about tinea capitis ?

Need facts about tinea capitis ?

Dermatomycosis: Tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) is a superficial fungal infection (dermatomcosis) of the scalp.The majority are caused by trichophyton and microsporum species that invade the hair shaft. It often presents as single or multiple patches of hair loss, sometimes with a 'black dot' pattern (often with broken-off hairs), along with inflammation, scaling, pustules, and itching. ...Read more

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How to treat tinea capitis for the second time? Different meds or same meds as last time?

Depends: If you use the medicine not long enough, you are not going to see the result, not the problem with the medicine. A minimum of 3 months for griseofulvin, 2 months of ketoconazole, terbinafine, etc. If you try long enough, not working, then shift to another. ...Read more