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Tinea Prevention and Treatment

The scabies and tinea capitis treatment and prevention programs involve going house-to-house and into the local schools identifying children and adults with these highly contagious parasitic and fungal infections. Every month, the public health team performs general health inspections for all the children at the orphanage and records any health problems. When one child is found to have scabies or tinea, every child sharing the room is treated. To date, over 800 children and adults have been identified and treated. Due to the highly infectious nature of the two infections, monthly mass treatment programs have been initiated by the public health team to eradicate the illnesses from the orphanage. With the support of many, we have raised nearly $10,000 towards this effort and tens of thousands of dollars in medications.

Tinea capitis (also called ringworm of the scalp) is caused by by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. It usually affects children and disappears at puberty. However, it can occur at any age.

The fungi that cause tinea infections thrive in warm, moist areas. You have an increased risk for tinea infection if you have minor skin or scalp injuries, poor hygiene and wet skin for a long time (such as from sweating)

Tinea infections are contagious. You can catch tinea capitis if you come into direct contact with someone who has the condition, or if you touch contaminated items such as combs, hats, or clothing.

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