Even though I drew a venn diagram for these two diseases, there are just a few things that they share in common- itchiness, they may occur on other parts of the body besides the scalp, and the percentage of those infected is much smaller than dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Tinea Capitis (Ringworm of the scalp)
There are three type of fungi that result in scalp ringworm. The one that tends to infect people of color most often is Tricophyton.
-Tiny corkscrew hairs on infected part of scalp
-patches of alopecia
The ringworm can be inflammatory where the symptoms are pustules, abscesses and kerions (pus-filled boil types) or non-inflamatory which usually has the regular symptoms of oval patches of alopecia and fine scaling.
Ringworm is usually treated with a combo of oral anti-fungals and medicated shampoos.
Drugs that you’d probably be prescribed by the doctor could be one of these:
Washing your scalp at least once a week with the shampoos listed in this article could be helpful. Some people even use tar shampoo and salicylic acid shampoo to help with the scaling.
It’s important to source the exposure. You don’t want to keep reinfecting yourself. Make sure you don’t share towels, pillows, brushes or other personal items.