As a leading company in the field of the drug industry, Creative Biolabs has gained a wealth of good reputation for successfully completed numerous challenges in antifungal drug discovery. Based on our advanced technology platform and experienced scientists, we are able to offer a series of antifungal drug discovery services against tinea barbae.

What is Tinea Barbae?

Tinea barbae, also known as tinea sycosis, is a dermatophytic infection that involves the hairs and skin in the beard and mustache areas, which generally affects only adult men. Frequently, the tinea barbae transmission commonly occurs through contact of an infected animal to the skin of a human, but rarely through human to human contact.

The commonly observed causative agents causing tinea barbae are zoophilic dermatophytes, and several are anthropophilic organisms as follows:

Infection of tinea barbae. Fig.1 Infection of tinea barbae.

Symptoms and Treatment

Typical symptoms of tinea barbae are a pimple or blister amongst affected area, swelling and redness around infected area, as well as red and lumpy skin on the infected area. In the clinic, the tinea barbae can be divided into deep infection and superficial infection.

  • Deep infection of tinea barbae tends to be more severe, nodular and suppurative, which is often caused by zoophilic dermatophytes. A symptom of deep infection is a kerion-like plaque, which is an inflammatory plaque with pustules and draining sinuses. Besides, loose or broken hair, depilation, and some constitutional symptoms as fever, malaise, and regional lymphadenopathy can also be present.
  • The superficial infection may result in crusted and partially bald patches with folliculitis, which usually caused by causative organisms. Superficial tinea barbae presents as a flat, scaly erythematous plaque with an active border which can show papules, vesicles, or crusts.

Diagnosis and Prevention

  • Besides basic inquiry diagnosis, microscopy to examine KOH of skin scraping and removal of hairs on the infected area, Woods light examination, and culture of skin scrapings or hair pulled out by the roots also can be applied for the tinea barbae diagnosis.
  • Do not share razors and keeping good hygiene practices will help reduce your chance of getting tinea barbae.


The treatment varies with the severity of the tinea barbae infections, topical medications are enough to treat mild cases. For more serious cases, oral antifungal medications are recommended. Medications used for the treatment of tinea barbae are Fluconazole, Itraconazole, and Terbinafine.

Types of Dermatophytosis Studied by Creative Biolabs

As a part of our antifungal drug research, Creative Biolabs has abundant and professional experience in dermatophytosis research. Our professional scientists will work closely with our customers and provide you with high-quality, flexible, and cost-effective services. Besides Tinea Barbae, other types of dermatophytosis are also within our scope of service.

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