15-year survey of tinea faciei in the adult

Isac Alteras, Miriam Sandbank, Michael David, Rina Segal

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In a series of 100 adults with tinea faciei various dermatologic manifestations were mimicked, viz.: discoid lupus erythematosus in 52 patients, lymphocytic infiltration in 15, seborrheic dermatitis in 11, rosacea in 8, contacts dermatitis in 7, polymorphous light eruption in 4 and granuloma faciale in 3. Trichophyton rubrum was isolated in 78% of the respective cases, other isolated organisms being Microsporum canis(13 cases), Trichophyton violaceum in 6, Trichophyton mentagrophytes (asteroides) in 2 and Epidermophyton flocco-sum in 1 case. In 85% of these patients the nails were also involved by the same agent found in the lesions of the face. On the basis of these observations it is recommended that all adult patients with tinea faciei should undergo a comprehensive mycological investigation to find the primary focus, which may be an infected nail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988


  • Dermatoses mimicked in adult
  • Tinea faciei


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