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.
Problems may be:
- Red, swollen sores around hair follicles in the beard and moustache
- Sores filled with pus
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on your face.
A culture or biopsy may be done to look for signs of infection.
To lower the chance 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.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Ely JW, Rosenfeld S, et al. Diagnosis and management of tinea infections. Am Fam Physician. 2014 Nov 15;90(10);702-710.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 09/2019
- Update Date: 05/27/2020