Pedal dermatophyte infection in psoriasis.

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): N. Hamnerius, Johan Berglund, J. Faergemann
Title: Pedal dermatophyte infection in psoriasis.
Journal: British Journal of Dermatology
Year: 2004
Volume: 50(6)
Pagination: 1125-1118
ISSN: 0007-0963
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Dermatophyte infections have been considered rare in psoriasis. However, there are data indicating that tinea unguium is as common or even more common in psoriasis compared with healthy controls. Tinea unguium is generally a secondary event to tinea pedis infection. OBJECTIVES: To study the prevalence of tinea pedis and tinea unguium in psoriasis compared with a control group. METHODS: Consecutive psoriasis outpatients aged 18-64 years attending a department of dermatology were examined. Samples for direct microscopy and culture were taken from the interdigital spaces, soles and toenails. Consecutive patients without signs of psoriasis or atopic dermatitis seeking examination of moles constituted the control group. RESULTS: In total, 239 patients with psoriasis and 245 control patients were studied. The prevalence of tinea pedis was 8.8%[95% confidence interval (CI) +/- 3.6%] in the psoriasis group and 7.8% (95% CI +/- 3.4%) in the control group. The corresponding figures for prevalence of tinea unguium were 4.6% (95% CI +/- 2.7%) and 2.4% (95% CI +/- 1.9%), respectively. The differences found in the psoriasis vs. the control groups were not statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS: This study does not support the hypothesis that the prevalence of tinea pedis and tinea unguium in patients with psoriasis differs from that in a normal population.
Subject: Medical Sciences
Public Health\General