Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is a disease caused by a superficial fungal infection of the skin of the scalp
, eyebrows, and eyelashes, with
a propensity for attacking hair shafts and follicles. The disease is considered to be a form of superficial mycosis or dermatophytosis. Several other names are used when referring to this infection, including ringworm of the scalp and tinea tonsurans. In the US and other regions of the world, the incidence of tinea capitis is increasing.