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Fenizi G. 1, Altobella A. 1, 2
1 Gruppo ADOI di ricerca e studio in Dermatomicologia;
2 Ospedali Riuniti di Foggia, Foggia, Italy
Tinea faciei is a dermatophyte infection limited to the glabrous skin of the face; it could resemble several disorders, such as lupus erythematosus, rosacea, seborrhoeic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and polymorphous light eruption. The term tinea incognita is used to describe an infection caused by dermatophytes which has been modified by a treatment with corticosteroids and has assumed atypical aspects, therefore causing a delay in the diagnosis. Rosacea is a chronic dermatosis which affects mainly the central part of the face, characterized by flushing, persistent erythema and edema. This paper describes two cases in which the diagnosis has been delayed due to prolonged topic steroid treatments.