What is the incidence of tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) in the US?

Updated: Feb 21, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Occurrence of the disease is no longer registered by public health agencies; therefore, true incidence is unknown. The reported peak incidence occurs in school-aged African American male children, at rates of 12.9%. [6] In Northern California, the reported incidence among the pediatric population is 0.34%. [7]

Tinea capitis is predominantly a disease of preadolescent children. Typical age of onset is between 5 and 10 years. [6] Tinea capitis accounts for up to 92.5% of dermatophytoses in children younger than 10 years. The disease is rare in adults, although occasionally, it may be found in elderly patients. Tinea capitis occurrence is widespread in some urban areas in the United States.

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