Previous records that describe the fungal infections of the beard areas show that beard fungi are usually restricted to the chin. In synopses of the literature on dermatophytes published in 19221 and in 19302 the illustrations representing the clinical appearance of tinea barbae show the infections restricted to the lower part of the face.
In 1931, Williams3 published a paper describing a case of tinea barbae (sycosis parasitaria) involving the upper lip, in which he states, "The involvement of the upper lip . . . is so unusual as to be a medical curiosity." Before we decide whether or not tinea barbae of the upper lip is as rare as has been supposed, it is desirable that more records of the regional distribution of the fungi causing ringworm of the beard be obtained.
TINEA BARBAE OF THE UPPER LIP DUE TO TRICHOPHYTON GYPSEUM, BODIN
Clinical Appearance of the Infected Face
DAVIDSON AM, DOWDING ES. TINEA BARBAE OF THE UPPER LIP. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(4):660–662. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030659007
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