Trichologist Sydney and Unusual Hair Loss Problem – Tina Capitis

Absolique Trichologist Sydney comes across many unusual hair loss cases. We recently came across a case that is valuable to share because of possible misdiagnosis. There were visibly various circular patches of hair loss. The patches of hair loss looked like Alopecia Areata. Microscopic diagnosis showed the patches of hair loss appeared very different from Alopecia Areata.

All hair follicles within the patches were intact. At dermal level within the hair follicles, hairs were twisted and broken before reaching scalp level. On the surface, the scalp looked like it was recovering from Alopecia Areata. This was not a text book case of hair loss for Trichologist Sydney. We found a matching image of the twisted, broken hair to confirm Tina Capitis. Lack of other associated symptoms such as redness, itch and swelling made this case difficult to diagnose without the microscope. It would be easy to make an incorrect diagnosis without a microscope.

Trichologist Sydney and Unusual Hair Loss Problem  – Tina Capitis:

  • Tinea Capitis – a fungal infection of skin or scalp
  • Can be called Ringworm
  • Occurs in children, not frequent in adults
  • Dry scale with patchy hair loss
  • Black dots at scalp surface

The microscope is essential for correct diagnosis. Doctors were adamant it was Alopecia Areata because of the circular patches. Tinea capitis requires medical attention and medication. Misdiagnosis could cause infection and contamination. We managed to get confirmation of correct diagnosis through laboratory skin scraping tests. The lab results took at least two weeks to come back with confirmation of diagnosis before any medical intervention could be taken with oral antifungal medicines.

All types of hair loss should be taken seriously. If you are not getting answers from your medical advisors, seek alternative diagnosis. If this hair loss case had been left misdiagnosed, the young boy effected could have lost most of his hair and infected his family and classmates.

Correct diagnosis is always the key to address hair loss. Contact Absolique Hair Health Clinic Sydney for more information on hair loss and Unusual Hair Loss Problems. Contact reception team on 02 8014 6916 or email Absolique Trichologist Sydney

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Trichologist Sydney and Unusual Hair Loss Problem – Tina Capitis