Last Updated: 2019-08-27

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: -

Headgrind, fungal grind, lichengrind, tinea capitis favosa, tinea favosa, dermatycosis favosa.

Notifiable special form of tinea capitis.

  • Endemic areas can be found in North Africa, Southeast Europe, Iran and in countries of the former Soviet Union.
  • Children are often affected.

  • Causative organism
    • Trichophyton schoenleinii.
  • Predisposition factors
    • Poor hygiene.
    • Wearing a headgear, especially by dividing hats with Favus-infected patients.
  • The dermatophyte is transmitted by other people, although the contact sensitivity is rather low.

  • Erythematous, scaly, follicularly localized, yellowish encrusted papules. If it comes to an enlargement, it is called "Scutulae".

  • Travel history.
  • Klinik.
  • Erregernachweis (Epilation der Haare oder Gewinnung von Schuppen: dann Nativpräparat und Kultur;  Biopsie).
  • Wood light (green-greyish fluorescence).

  • Besides the hairy head, extremities and face can also be affected.

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