Hair Loss

Ringworm and Hair Loss

patches hair loss menRingworm on the scalp occurs due to tinea capitis. Ringworm is a common skin disorder due to fungal infection, which can lead to a hair loss in both adults and children. Recognising the symptoms and characteristics of this disorder will help you get the right treatment before it damages your hair. Ringworm can lead to serious condition called kerion, if left untreated or if not treated properly. Read on to know more about the relation between ringworm and hair loss.

Ringworm: Ringworm is highly infectious and it can easily pass from a person to another by sharing infected items like unwashed clothing, hats, towel or combs, or by direct contact of skin. Fungus can grow more quickly in moist and warm areas, and therefore ringworm is more likely occur in people who perspire frequently and unhygienic people. You can also pick it from furry pets.

Identification or Symptoms:

  • Although, it is called ringworm, it has nothing to do with worms. However, it causes ring-like rashes on the scalp and they are generally reddish in color and somehow resemble worms.
  • Ringworm hair loss can be easily identified by circular patches on the scalp. Symptoms of ringworm include red, raised and itchy scaly patches, which may also cause a wound. The exterior area of the patches are usually redder and sharply defined by edges, forming like a ring.
  • Doctors can easily diagnose ringworm based on the outer appearance of it in most cases, while in certain cases, doctors may need to take a scrap of scalp from the affected portion and examine under the microscope.
  • The hair starts to break off because your hair follicles have been infected and hair become more brittle. And, as the fungus grows, the scalp becomes itching and red patches lead to balding or hair loss.

How Ringworm can Cause Hair loss

  • Ringworm survives by eating dead skin cells, but unfortunately it produces acidic waste by-product, which can damage hair follicles and healthy skin. Therefore scalp ringworm causes hair loss in circular patches that may spread outward gradually.
  • It can also get inside the hair shaft and damage your hair. This means, ringworm is not bound together as usual, so your hair can become brittle and break off near the roots of your hair. Broken hair and patches are a clear symptom of ringworm infection.
  • Certain people may also experience allergic reactions and swelling on the scalp when affected by ringworm.

Treating Ringworm:

  • Ringworm is contagious and it can lead to total baldness if not treated immediately, however the happy news is that it can be treated easily. You doctor may recommend you a 2-week-course to take anti-fungal pills, which will help you get rid of symptoms. In case of severe infections, doctors may prescribe longer course of medication.
  • It is better not to stop your medication right after symptoms subside for the fungus can be still there underneath your skin and reoccur and cause infections that can become resistant to medication.
  • You can also find many topical creams or ointments which can be used for treating ringworm. They can be applied directly on the affected area, however they can be effective only for mild to moderate cases, or they can be used in combination with oral treatment to make it more effective.
  • You can also try using a diluted tea tree oil solution if you prefer using natural remedies. Tea tree oil contains a natural anti-fungal property that can help fight against fungus.
  • You can also use a mild anti-fungal shampoo like “Head & Shoulders Sensitive” to help you ease symptoms and to decrease the risk of infection. Whatever treatment you are following, a good hygiene is important in order to treat the infection.

Home Remedies for Ringworm Hair Loss
There are some simple home remedies which can be used effectively for treating hair loss due to ringworm. Take a look…

  • Take some amount of mustard seeds and soak them in water for 2-3 hours, then grind them into paste. You can apply this paste on the scalp and hair roots to cure the infection.
  • Application of raw turmeric juice over your scalp or the affected area will also help you kill the fungi and reduce your symptoms, thereby reducing hair fall as well.
  • You can also mix equal amount of honey and turmeric juice and drink it daily in order to cure the infections.
  • Massaging or rubbing the scalp with a raw papaya twice daily will also help you get rid of ringworm. It helps to reduce hair loss due to ringworms because papaya contains a natural anti-fungal property.
  • Massage the scalp with a warm castor oil before you go to bed and cover your head with a shower cap and leave it for overnight. Then, wash it off the next morning with a mild anti-fungal shampoo. Doing this on a regular basis will help you get rid of infection and stimulate hair growth.
  • Drinking a mixture of spinach and carrot juice every morning will also help you cure ringworm infections and promote better hair growth.

Hair loss due to ringworm can be quite distressing, but don’t worry any more, by following the above treatments with a good hygiene will definitely help you cure the infection and restore your thick beautiful hair. However, if you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms of ringworm, make sure you consult a doctor before you start following any new treatment to keep yourself on the safe side always. Take care!!!

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