Dr. K. Divya Malar, Dr. P. Mohan, Dr. V. Sudha, Dr. Pragna B Dolia, Dr. N. Spandana Reddy


BACKGROUND: Dermatophytes are one of the major causative organisms of superficial fungal infections.Dermatophytosis is the most common superficial fungal skin infection among patients attending a dermatology clinic.

AIM: To analyse the clinical presentation and demographic characteristics of patients with dermatophytosis.

METHOD: A retrospective analysis of the data was conducted among  the patients who attended Dermatology OPD in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Chennai  between May 2016 to April 2018.

RESULTS: A total of 1549 patients were diagnosed and treated for dermatophytosis among which  877 were males, 672 were females and among them 108 were children (less than 14 yrs of both sexes). 33.83 % of patients were in the age group of  21 – 30 years, followed by 22.60 % of patients in

11 – 20 years.Tinea corporis was seen in 56.48% of patients followed by Tinea cruris in 25.44 % of patients.

CONCLUSION:Tinea corporis was the most common clinical presentation followed by Tinea cruris.Prevalence rate of dermatophytosis is more among males than females, but the rate varies among various geographic regions. Elaborate studies are required in future regarding the epidemiology of the disease which play an equally important role to topical and systemic therapy in the management of the disease.


Dermatophytes, organisms, fungal skin infection

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