STUDY ON PREVALENCE OF DERMATOPHYTIC INFECTIONS IN BANGALORE, INDIAS. ANNAPURNA, A. GASTHYA AND K. C. RAJU
Dermatophytes are a group of fungi that can utilise keratin as a substrate for growth while non dermatophytes use other substrates(exlipids). Thus the dermatophytes are a group of closely related fungi(skin, hair and nails) of humans and other animals to produce dermatophytosis, commonly referred to as ring worm. Infection is generally cutaneous and is restricted to the nonliving cornified layers because of the inability of the fungi to penetrate the deeper tissues or organs of immunocompetent hosts. The knowledge of dermatophytosis in a particular area is a must to detect the outbreak of the disease in that area. The prevention and control of derma tophyte infection must take into consideration the area involved, the etiologic agent and the source of infection. The present work was undertaken to study the prevalence of dermatophytic infection in Bangalore among all age group individuals visiting the dermatologists of the area with a history of different dermatophytic infections on different sites of the body. The school children were given importance as they are more susceptible to the infection as not only they interact closely but also have an intimate contact with animals like cat, dog, and cattle. The study group consists of 20 patients with dermatophytic infection and 6 control group who were negative for derrnatophytic infections by both microscopy and culture.
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