Tinea barbae is an inflammation of the skin around the hair follicles of the beard and mustache area. It results in circular areas of scaling, redness, and irritation of the skin around the hairs.
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Tinea barbae is caused by specific fungi. These fungi use the protein in the outer layer of skin for growth. It is most commonly transmitted to humans from farm animals that are infected with the fungi.
Tinea barbae is much more common in men. Other factors that may increase your chance of tinea barbae include:
Tinea barbae may cause:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Tinea barbae may be suspected because of how it looks and where it is located. To confirm the diagnosis your doctor may use:
Tinea barbae is treated with oral antifungal medication.
To help reduce your chance of getting tinea barbae, wash your hands and face on a regular basis. Hand washing is especially important after contact with any skin lesions. Do not share razors.
If your occupation puts you in contact with animals, consider covering the bearded area of your face. Wash your hands and face immediately after contact with animals.
American Academy of Dermatology
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