A member asked:

Should i throw away my hats to prevent reinfection from tinea capitis ? can the fungus stay on the fabric on the hat?

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Dr. Elwin Taunton answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

INFECTIOUS SOURCE: FUNGUS COULD BE HIDING IN THE HATS. DISCARD UNLWESS A WAY TO STERILIZE.

Answered 1/12/2016

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

Cleaning: Getting the hats cleaned should be enough. The fungus is in the air anyway. Alternatively, if put the hats in a plastic bag and expose the bag to direct sunlight (would help if it were summer) the temperature in the bag will get high enough to kill the fungus.

Answered 1/9/2016

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