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Scale and Hair Loss (in Scalp Ringworm)
Scales
Scale and Hair Loss (in Scalp Ringworm)

This image shows scale, which is a characteristic feature of many dermatophyte (fungal) infections, including tinea capitis. In this image, it is especially noticeable at the nape of the neck. This image also shows a patch of hair loss (alopecia) caused by tinea capitis.

Image provided by Thomas Habif, MD.