What is the role of tinea barbae in the etiology of folliculitis?

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth K Satter, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Tinea barbae is an uncommon form of superficial folliculitis that clinically resembles its bacterial counterpart; however, it is caused by a superficial infection by various zoophilic dermatophytes. This superficial fungal folliculitis is most commonly seen in male farmers who have direct contact with an animal and typically affects one side of the face in the submaxillary region or chin.


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