Favus is common in older children

Favus is a chronic dermatophyte infection of the scalp (tinea capitis), but it can also affect other areas such as the nails and skin. It is characterized by the presence of scutula, which are yellowish, cup-shaped crusts.

Age Group Affected by Favus

Favus is more common in children and young adults, although it can affect individuals of any age. It tends to be more prevalent in certain geographic regions, such as rural areas of Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, where the infection can be endemic.

Key Points

  • Common Age Group: Favus primarily affects children and young adults but can occur at any age.
  • Symptoms: Characterized by scutula, hair loss, and potential scarring on the scalp.
  • Causative Agents: The most common causative fungus is Trichophyton schoenleinii.


While favus can affect individuals of any age, it is indeed more commonly seen in older children and young adults. It is less common in adults and very young children.