Why should asymptomatic tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) be treated?

Updated: Feb 21, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Household contacts of tinea capitis patients should be screened for clinically silent fungal carriage on the scalp. [37] Asymptomatic carriers, including adults and siblings in the family of patients with tinea capitis and patient caretakers and playmates, require active treatment, since they may act as a continuing source of infection. [38]


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