Favus (Latin – honeycomb)

Favus is a chronic inflammatory skin infection. Tends to affect the scalp, but may cause nail pitting or deterioration and affects glaborous skin. Favus is caused by one of the following dermatophytes : Microsporum Gypseum, Trichophyton Violaceum, Trichophyton Schoenleinii, Trichophyton Mentagrophytes.

Favus presents as cup-shaped crusts, yellow in colour grouped in patches like a honeycomb, each about the size of a split pea, with a hair projecting in the centre which may continue to grow in the diseased state.

Favus may be spread by contagion usually from cats, dogs and mice. It is the only known rabbit ailment to be transmissible to humans.

The team at the Holborn Clinic are specialists in dealing with hair loss and scalp diseases. We have unique methods of treating such conditions which are pain free and effective. What ever you choose to do, if the description above sounds like what you have then please seek advice. You may choose to attend your GP primarily. You may find a specialist will be better placed to assist.

If you need advice on an infections or any other hair or scalp condition please contact our helpline and speak to one of our on call trichologists who will assist you.

If you would like to speak with a trichologist in person on the phone or arrange a consultation please contact the helpline of your choice and we will be happy to assist you.