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Case Report. Tinea pedis and onychomycosis in primary school children in Turkey

: Fallbericht. Tinea pedis und Onychomykosen bei Grundschulkindern in der Türkei

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Summary. 

A cross-sectional study was performed in two primary schools with different socioeconomic status in the suburban and central areas of Manisa, Turkey, in order to determine the prevalence of tinea pedis and onychomycosis. A full dermatological examination and a questionnaire on socioeconomic conditions were performed in agroup of 785 randomly selected children aged 6–14. Of 9 clinically suspected tinea pedis and 4 onychomycoses cases, KOH examination (direct microscopy) and/or mycological cultures were positive in six boys, in whom Candida glabrata and C. tropicalis grew. Older age and higher number of siblings were found to be significant factors for fungal infection. Zusammenfassung. 

In zwei Grundschulen mit unterschiedlichem sozio-ökonomischen Status in Umgebung und Zentrum von Manisa (Türkei) wurde die Häufigkeit von Tinea pedis und Nagelmykosen untersucht. Eine ausführliche dermatologische Untersuchung und Befragung der sozio-ökonomischen Bedingungen wurde bei 785 willkürlich ausgesuchten Kindern im Alter 6–14 Jahren durchgeführt. Von 9 Schülern mit Tinea pedis und 4 Schülern mit Nagelmykosen waren 6 Jungen im KOH-Test und/oder mykologischer Kulturuntersuchung positiv, bei denen Candida glabrata und C. tropicalis isoliert wurden. Höheres Alter und Geschwisterzahl waren wichtige Risikofaktoren.
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Keywords: Epidemiologie; Kinder; Onychomycosis; Onychomykose; Tinea pedis; Turkey; Türkei; children; epidemiology; tinea pedis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Dermatology, 2: Department of Public Health, and 3: Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Celal Bayar, Manisa, Turkey.

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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