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a papulopustular inflammation of the hair follicles, usually of the beard.
sycosis bar´bae a staphylococcal infection and irritation of the hair follicles in the beard region; it may be associated with other superficial bacterial infections such as impetigo or furunculosis. Symptoms include burning, itching, and pain, with formation of small papules and pustules that drain, form crusts, and leave scars when they heal. The condition is treated with bland hot compresses, antibiotics applied locally and administered parenterally, and manual epilation of the infected hairs. Scrupulous cleanliness and personal hygiene are necessary to prevent reinfection. Called also barber's itch, folliculitis barbae, and sycosis vulgaris.
lupoid sycosis a chronic, scarring form of deep sycosis barbae.
sycosis vulga´ris sycosis barbae.
lu·poid sy·co·sis(lū'poyd sī-kō'sis)
A papular or pustular inflammation of the hair follicles of the beard, followed by punctuate scarring and loss of the hair.
A pustular lesion of the hair follicles of the beard.
See also: sycosis