Ringworm of the beard

Ringworm of the beard often appears as round or oval patches of bare, scaly skin. Typically, the circular patches spread along their outer borders while clearing at the centre, giving a ringed appearance and the name "ringworm." But this pattern is not always seen.

In the most severe cases, the infected area is inflamed, reddened, crusty, tender, and swollen, with small blister-like bumps. Without treatment, permanent scarring and bare patches can occur.

Current as of: October 31, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics

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