Tinea barbae is an infection of the skin around the beard and mustache areas of the face.
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Tinea barbae is caused by specific type of fungi. It is passed to humans from farm animals that are infected with the fungi.
It is more common in adult men. It is also more common in men who:
- Work with farm animals
- Have a weak immune system
Symptoms may be:
- Red, swollen sores around hair follicles in the beard and moustache
- Sores filled with pus
The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the face.
A culture or biopsy may be done to look for signs of infection.
Tinea barbae is treated with antifungal medicine.
To lower the risk of this infection:
- People who work with farm animals should cover the bearded area of their face.
- Wash the hands and face after working with farm animals.
- Do not share razors.
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- April Scott, NP
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