Tinea Faciei Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Apr 09, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Also consider the following:

  • Aspergillus infections under applied tape in neonates
  • Demodex folliculitis
  • Pseudofolliculitis [30]
  • Folliculitis [31]
  • Impetigo [32]

Occasionally, lupus vulgaris may be in the differential diagnosis of particularly deep-seated annular plaques.

Tinea faciei may be misdiagnosed as discoid lupus erythematosus, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, or contact dermatitis. [33, 34, 35, 36] Tinea faciei is the most frequently misdiagnosed entity among cutaneous fungal infections. The atypical clinical features and incognito presentations support the separation of this disease from tinea corporis. Occasionally, tinea faciei may simultaneously occur with other forms of dermatophyte infections, especially tinea capitis and tinea corporis.

Differential Diagnoses