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Dermatomycoses in children and adolescents: a retrospective study over a 5-year period

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Superficial fungal infections are very common in the general population, and are frequently encountered in childhood and adolescence. There are however relatively scarce data regarding the epidemiology of dermatomycoses in patients belonging to such age groups. The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence, etiological aspects and clinical manifestations of dermatomycoses diagnosed in patients with age less than 18 years attending the Micology Service of the Dermatology Clinic, University of Bari, Southern Italy, during the period 2008-2012.
The 5-year retrospective analysis has shown that dermatomycoses in people younger than 18 years represent 7% of the total cases diagnosed with skin mycoses. There was a clear-cut predominance of dermatophytoses as etiological agents, involved in approximately two thirds of cases. Nearly half of dermatomycoses affected patients aged between 11 and 17 years, and most clinical variants were found to be more common within this age range, with the exception of tinea faciei and tinea capitis, which involved more frequently people aged 6-10 years and 2-5 years, respectively.

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