barber’s rash (sycosis barbae)

Chronic skin condition in the beard area of the face, caused by staphylococci or a fungus, leading to suppurating pimples which often leave scars; beard hairs fall out. The rash is much like impetigo, and can also resemble eczema. Infection is less deep than with a boil, but extends over a greater area. Treatment is with ointment containing corticosteroids and antibiotics, possibly combined with antibiotics taken orally. Fungal infestations are treated with anti-fungal medication.

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