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Herpes circinata is not a true “herpes” but a mycosis of the glabrous skin caused by the infestation of a dermatophyte fungus. It is usually localized on the face and arms and causes severe itching.

Definition: what is herpes circinata?

Despite its name, circinated herpes has nothing in common with the herpes virus. Moreover, this term tends to disappear today in favor of the term “dermatophytosis”because it is frequently caused by dermatophyte fungi. This is a fungal-like condition that affects the skin, and manifests as ring-shaped red patches. These gradually expand while the central part brightens.

What are the symptoms of herpes circinata?

The fungus causes round lesions, like macaroons. “They are first pink then become darker at the edges because of the crusts, explains Dr. Nina Roos, dermatologist. They tend to grow and multiply. Of the sometimes very severe itching can be added“. They are most often located on the face and arms.

Photos of Circinate Herpes

Photo of Microsporum canis dermatophytosis also called “Circine herpes” © Dr_Microbe –

Transmission of herpes circinata

The fungus can be transmitted in different ways:

  • By infected animals (cats, dogs, hamsters, horses, etc.)
  • By man, during a direct contact with infected skin
  • Through contaminated soil


In general, a clinical examination is sufficient to make the diagnosis. In case of doubt, an examination using an ultraviolet light can be carried out.

Circinated herpes is treated with antifungal creams to be applied locally for one to two weeksor, in case of very strong itching, corticosteroids. If the lesions are extensive, an oral antifungal may be necessary. “Antifungal or alkaline soaps can complete the treatment if the affected surface is extensive, or in the event of frequent recurrences“, adds Dr. Roos.

What are the natural treatments for herpes circinata?

Cade and tea tree essential oils, thanks to their antiparasitic, anti-infectious and antiproliferative properties, can help treat this skin problem. These oils are to be used diluted in vegetable oil. Seek advice from a pharmacy specializing in aromatherapy.

A few simple actions will prevent recurrence:

  • After washing, wipe thoroughly between the toes and the folds of the body (armpits, neck, behind the knees, etc.)
  • Towels should be disposable and washed weekly at 90°.
  • Avoid contact with animals you do not know.
  • Use antifungal or alkaline soaps, or apply ketoconazole in lather sachets weekly to the skin.

Thanks to Dr. Nina Roos, dermatologist.

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