|Other names: Ringworm of the face|
|Specialty||Dermatology, infectious diseases|
|Symptoms||Face: Red patches, small raised bumps, weeping, crusting, fragile hairs.|
|Causes||T. rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, T. tonsurans, M. gypseum, M.canis|
|Diagnostic method||Appearance, skin scraping for microscopy and culture, biopsy|
|Differential diagnosis||Lupus erythematosus, impetigo, eczema, herpes zoster|
Tinea faciei is a superficial fungal infection of the skin of the non-bearded part of the face. It generally appears as a photosensitive, painless, red rash with small bumps and a raised edge appearing to grow outwards, usually over eyebrows or one side of the face. It may feel wet or have some crusting, and overlying hairs may fall out easily. There may be a mild itch or burning sensation.
Tinea faciei can be caused by spread of fungal infections of the feet and nails, from pets such as cats and dogs, and from farm animals. Causative organisms include T. rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, T. tonsurans, M. gypseum and M.canis. Often misdiagnosed as an inflammatory condition, for which corticosteroids are applied, tinea faciei may be complicated by tinea incognita.
Diagnosis is by the appearance of the rash and confirmed by taking a skin scraping for microscopy and culture, or biopsy. Differential diagnoses include lupus erythematosus, impetigo, eczema, herpes zoster, seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, actinic keratoses, perioral dermatitis and polymorphous light eruption. Treatment is with topical antifungal medication; terbinafine, clotrimazole, miconazole and ketoconazole. If the condition does not respond to topical treatment or is extensive, then oral terbinafine or itraconazole can be taken.
The condition is uncommon.
Signs and symptoms
It generally appears as a photosensitive painless red rash on the face, followed by patches of small, raised bumps. It is considered distinct from fungal infection of the beard area. The rash may weep or crust, and hairs may fall out easily. It is usually painless.
Diagnosis is by the appearance of the rash and confirmed by taking a skin scraping for microscopy.
Treatment is usually with topical antifungal medication such as terbinafine cream twice daily for 2 weeks, or miconazole twice daily for 2-4 weeks. Extensive infection may require treatment with oral terbinafine for 2 weeks.
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