TINEA BARBAE (Barber’s itch)

TINEA BARBAE

Ques. 1  What is Tinea Barbae?

Ans.       A disease of the hair follicles of the face and neck occurring in men (also called ring-worm of beard).

AETIOLOGY: It is quite contagious and like all other forms of tinea is of sycotic origin, being a sycotic disease of hair follicles.

SYMPTOMS: The hairs are early affected, becoming brittle and loose. Nodules, pustules and papules appear upon skin. When there is much oozing crusts form, giving the lesion some appearance like that of pustular eczema, More or less burning and itching are present and disease pursues a slow, stub-born, chronic course, which without treatment would last for years. A microscope usually reveals the parasite. The lesions are tubercles and postules appearing in rings of patches that are slightly red and scaly. It is peculiar about these patches is that they show tendency to heal from their centres, while they continue to extend from their peripheries.

Ques. 2  What is the treatment of Tinea Barbae?

Ans.       The treatment of Tinea Barbae are :-

The remedies most frequently indicated in the different forms of tinea are: Rhus tox,Sepia, Tellur., Sulphur, Thuja. Mer. V., Psor., Pet., Ars., Iod., Mezer., etc.

  1. VINCA MINOR: Tinea tonsurans and circinatus. Red elevated rings on any part of the body; bright red spots covered with scales, severe itching day and night; elevated rings of vesiculo-papules with fine stinging, itching that disappears by desquamation; eruption worse upon the lower extremities.
  2. TEUCRIUM: Sycotic patients subject to polypus growths; skin dry, hard, covered with thick white scales; much burning and itching.
  • RHUS TOX: Rheumatic diathesis, vesicular or pustular forms: yellowish or straw coloured vesicles; raw, thick, brownish crusts: intense itching and burning; better by motion.

 

Ques. 3  What is Tinea versicolor?

Ans.       This is a contagious vegetable parasitic diseases of the skin, appearing in an erythematous, occurring anywhere on the body and due to the microsporon furfur.

  1. Aetiology: Is said to be easily transmitted from lower animals, such as from milking cows, etc. in very susceptible individuals, More common in adolescent and young adult men.
  2. Symptoms: Apart from mild itching and redness during sweating, there are no notable symptoms. The small fine scaly discoloured patches present usually on upper part of trunk, proximal parts of the upper extremities and may invoive the face.
  3. TREATMENT: Personal hygiene is most important, inner garments should be boiled and changed daily. Homoeopathic remedies as in Tinea barbæ.

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