Other Infectious Diseases Of The Face

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In addition to the infections mentioned above, numerous other infections can occur on the face. In children, impetigo on the face is common, as is dermatophyte infections (tinea faciei and tinea barbae). Staphylococcal folliculitis is also seen on the face. The face and scalp are also a common site of involvement in secondary syphilis in which individuals develop "moth-eaten" alopecia, scaly or moist papules around the nose and at the angles of the mouth. Flat warts are frequently seen in males as a result of spreading the virus by shaving. Numerous molluscum contagiosum on the face of an adolescent or adult are suggestive of HIV. Patients with this disorder should be tested for HIV.

Uncommon infectious diseases on the face include blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, leishmaniasis, leprosy, tuberculosis, sporotrichosis, actinomycosis, and atypical mycobacterium infections.

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