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Tinea barbae
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Tinea barbae

Contributors: Zeena Qiryaqoz BS, Suzanne Berkman MD, Susan Burgin MD
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Tinea barbae is also known as barber's itch. It is a localized inflammatory reaction to a dermatophyte occurring in the beard area of the face and neck. Species of Trichophyton are the most common causative organisms.

The lesions may be deep, kerion-like plaques or superficial patches resembling tinea corporis. The deeper, more inflammatory variants are due to infection with zoophilic species of dermatophyte, such as Trichophyton verrucosum or Microsporum canis acquired from animals such as cattle, horses, dogs, and cats. The more superficial forms are caused by anthropophilic species like Trichophyton rubrum. Involved hairs are often loose and easily removed with tweezers. Regional lymphadenopathy can occur if the infection has been long-standing or is superinfected.

Tinea barbae is more common in warm and humid climates. It has decreased in incidence since the advent of disposable razors. Permanent scarring and alopecia are possible sequelae.


B35.0 – Tinea barbae and tinea capitis

399329002 – Tinea barbae

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Tinea barbae
A medical illustration showing key findings of Tinea barbae : Cheek, Chin, Neck, Fine scaly plaques
Clinical image of Tinea barbae - imageId=177152. Click to open in gallery.  caption: 'A close-up of scaly and crusted pink plaques in the beard area.'
A close-up of scaly and crusted pink plaques in the beard area.
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