Treatment of Tinea Capitis

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  • © 2019 S. Karger AG, Basel. Tinea capitis is a common fungal infection of the hair of the scalp affecting predominately prepubertal children. In the US, griseofulvin has been considered a first-line therapy agent for tinea capitis since the 1960s. However, it has been falling out of favor due to significant treatment failure, high cost, and long duration of treatment. Other antifungal agents have been researched as an alternative to griseofulvin. This paper will review the relevant pharmacologic properties, dosing, cost, efficacy, and adverse events profile for griseofulvin, terbinafine, itraconazole, fluconazole, and some adjuvant therapy options such as selenium sulfide shampoos and topical ketoconazole.
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  • Alkeswani A; Cantrell W; Elewski B
  • Start Page

  • 201
  • End Page

  • 210
  • Volume

  • 5
  • Issue

  • 4