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Case Report

Tinea Capitis: An Adult Invasion of a Childhood Scourge

Keerthi Subramaniam, Saritha Mohanan and Kaliyaperumal Karthikeyan*

Department of Dermatology, Sri Manakula Vinayakar Medical College, Pondicherry, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Kaliaperumal Karthikeyan
Department of Dermatology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College
Kalitheerthalkuppam, Madagadipet, Puducherry 605107, India
Tel: 0413 2641043
Fax: 0413 2641549
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 26, 2014; Accepted date: February 26, 2014; Published date: March 05, 2014

Citation: Keerthi Subramaniam, Saritha Mohanan and Kaliyaperumal Karthikeyan (2014) Tinea Capitis: An Adult Invasion of a Childhood Scourge. Hair Ther Transplant 4:120. doi:10.4172/2167-0951.1000120

Copyright: © 2014 Karthikeyan K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


A 52 year-old female patient presented with multiple painful pustules all over the scalp associated with loss of hair over the affected areas. On hair root examination, ectothrix was detected and histopathology showed multiple arthrospores within hair follicles and hyphae within stratum corneum. The patient was unresponsive to oral antifungals; hence, oral corticosteroids with oral terbenafine were administered, which produced drastic improvement within one week.

We report this case to highlight the rare occurrence of a childhood infection in adults mimicking erosive pustular dermatoses. We stress the importance of using oral corticosteroids in the management of inflammatory tinea capitis.


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