What causes tinea capitis (scalp ringworm)?

Updated: Feb 21, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Causative agents of tinea capitis include keratinophilic fungi termed dermatophytes. These molds usually are present in nonliving cornified layers of skin and its appendages and sometimes are capable of invading the outermost layer of skin, stratum corneum, or other keratinized skin appendages derived from epidermis, such as hair and nails.

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