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- Occupations that put you in contact with farm animals
- Hirsutism—excessive hair growth in women caused by elevated levels of male hormones
- Medications or health conditions that suppress the immune system
- Red, circular areas with clear borders in the beard and mustache area
- There may also be blisters
- Scaling and crusting
- Pus-filled blisters around the hair follicle
- There may be generalized symptoms, such as swollen glands, malaise, and fever
- Woods light examination—to help differentiate between different types of skin infections
- Scraping—an area of the lesion is removed and examined under a microscope
- Culture—may be done for recurrent infections or infection unresponsive to treatment
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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Tinea infections. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/tinea-infections.html. Updated April 2014. Accessed September 30, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/06/2013 -
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