Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Thembi | 2011/07/14

Q.

damaged scalp

Hi,my 4 year old daugher has now a very itchy scalp especially at night it has lots of visible flakes coming out,she has sores as well from lot of scratching I dont want to shave her hair what can I use to make her scalp back to mornal?dont want to use lot of products as she is still young.please help doc she is a flower girl in October.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It sounds as if your little girl has a scalp infection caused by a fungal infection. This is known as 'tinea capitis'. It is difficult to treat but responds well to a medicine called Griseofulvin syrup which has to be taken once a day for 6 weeks. It is important not to miss a single day of treatment. You will need a prescription for the Griseofulvin so you will have to take your daughter to see a doctor.

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