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sycosis

 [si-ko´sis]
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.

sy·co·sis

(sī-kō'sis), Do not confuse this word with psychosis.
A pustular folliculitis, particularly of the bearded area.
[G. sykōsis, fr. sykōn, fig, + -osis, condition]

sycosis

/sy·co·sis/ (si-ko´sis) papulopustular inflammation of hair follicles, especially of the beard.
sycosis bar´bae  bacterial folliculitis of the bearded region, usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
lupoid sycosis  a chronic, scarring form of deep sycosis barbae.
sycosis vulga´ris  sycosis barbae.

sycosis

(sī-kō′sĭs)
n.
A chronic inflammation of the hair follicles, especially of the beard, characterized by eruption of pimples and nodules.
A staphylococcal infection of the hair follicles in the bearded area of the face, usually the upper lip, which is aggravated by shaving; tinea barbae is similar to barber's itch, but is caused by a fungus

sy·co·sis

(sī-kō'sis)
A pustular folliculitis, particularly of the beard area.
[G. sykōsis, fr. sykōn, fig, + -osis, condition]

sycosis

(si-ko'sis) ('sez?) plural.sycoses
A chronic inflammation of the hair follicles.

Symptoms

The patient has inflammation of hairy areas of the body marked by an aggregation of papules and pustules, each of which is pierced by a hair. The pustules show no disposition to rupture but dry to form yellow-brown crusts. There is itching and burning. If the disease persists, it may lead to extreme destruction of hair follicles and permanent alopecia. The disease is curable with prolonged treatment, and relapses do occur. Staphylococcus aureus and S. epidermidis entering through hair follicles cause the disease. Trauma and disability are predisposing factors.

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SYCOSIS BARBAE

sycosis barbae

Sycosis of the beard marked by papules and pustules perforated by hairs and surrounded by infiltrated skin.
Synonym: barber's itchfolliculitis barbae See: illustration

lupoid sycosis

A pustular lesion of the hair follicles of the beard.

sycosis

a papulopustular inflammation of the hair follicles in humans. The term is not used in veterinary medicine but the animal diseases that fit this definition best are equine staphylococcal dermatitis, Canadian horsepox and demodectic mange.