Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fungal Scalp Infection Underlying Cause

Fungi are normally present on the skin. Tinea capitis is caused by an overgrowth of fungi on the scalp.

Fungi that cause tinea capitis include:

  • Trichophyton tonsurans
  • Microsporum

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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