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A Randomized, Double-Blind Study Comparing the Efficacy of Selenium Sulfide Shampoo 1% and Ciclopirox Shampoo 1% as Adjunctive Treatments for Tinea Capitis in Children

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Address corresponding to Judith V. Williams, M.D., 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507, or e-mail: Judith.Williams@chkd.org.

Abstract

Abstract:  Our objective was to compare the efficacy of selenium sulfide shampoo 1% and ciclopirox shampoo 1% as adjunctive treatments for tinea capitis in children. Forty children aged 1–11 years with clinically diagnosed tinea capitis were randomized to receive selenium sulfide shampoo 1% or ciclopirox shampoo 1% twice a week as adjuncts to an 8-week course of ultramicronized griseofulvin dosed at 10–12 mg/kg/day. At weeks 2, 4, and 8, subjects returned to the clinic for evaluation and scalp cultures. Subjects then returned for follow-up visits 4 weeks after completing treatment. Overall, by 8 weeks, 30 of 33 (90.9%) treated children demonstrated mycological cure. Selenium sulfide shampoo 1% and ciclopirox shampoo 1% were equally effective as adjunctive treatments for tinea capitis in children in our study.

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