Mycological study on skin diseases in Taiz City,Yemen

The Journal of Environmental studies (JES) 
Vol. (15), 8 pages
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Author:A. 'Sallam
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Abstract

In this study, the dermatophytic infections in patients referred to Department of Dermatology, AL-Gotham Hospital, Taiz, during May 2013 to May 2014 were examined. The direct microscopic examination was positive in 67.3 % of the cases.Tinea capitis was the commonest fungal disease (48 cases out of 150) followed by tinea versicolor (46) and tinea corporis (38). Males were more affected by these diseases than females. The majority of tinea capitis (85.42%) and tinea corporis (47.4 %) was in the age group of 1 to 15 years. Culturing of specimens yielded 10 fungal species and the common dermatophytes were Trichophyton violaceum and Microsporum canis. Candida spp. (including C. albicans) were associated with 46.2 % of tinea pedis. The prevalence of various superficial mycotic infections in this study seemed to be associated with socioeconomic, sanitary and hygienic conditions in Taiz that are generally poor and substandard.

Keywords

Dermatophytes, fungal infection, Tinea, Yemen.

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