In modern cities tinea barbae is today an uncommon skin disorder and therefore is not frequently encountered even in large metropolitan ciinics. Lewis and Hopperla state that it is rarely seen in the United States and is uncommon in New York City. By far most cases of folliculitis of the bearded area are bacterial in origin, and according to the literature infections of the upper lip are rarely due to fungi.1 The following case appears worthy of being reported because it simulated a common form of folliculitis of the upper lip, but later was proved to be caused by fungi.
REPORT OF CASE
J. Mc., aged 34, a salesman, was seen on May 5, 1952, complaining of an infection of the upper lip. In July, 1951, he had first noticed a few isolated "pus pimples" on his chin and lower lip. He consulted his family physician when in
LUDWIG JS. SYCOSIS BARBAE DUE TO TRICHOPHYTON RUBRUM (PURPUREUM)Report of a Case. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;68(2):216–218. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540080100015