Home|Journals Follow on Twitter| Subscribe to List

Directory for Medical Articles

Open Access


Gulhane Med J. 2003; 45(2): 135-137

The Prevalence of Superficial Fungal Infections Among Soldiers Who Assigned in The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Dr. Sezai ŞAŞMAZ1, Dr. Ömer ÇALKA2, Dr. Hilmi Cevdet ALTINYAZAR3.

Objective: In our study, it was aimed to determine the frequency and spectrum of superficial fungal infections among soldiers who were admitted to the dermatology outpatient clinic in The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Material and Methods: In the period of February-May 2000, 925 soldiers who were admitted consecutively to the dermatology outpatient clinic of Girne Military Hospital of Northern Cyprus Turkish Peace Forces were assessed for superficial fungal infections by a complete dermatological examination. The diagnosis of superficial fungal infections was made by the use of potassium hydroxide preparations in addition to clinical appearance (when needed) and the findings were recorded to a form. Results: Among 925 soldiers included the study, the frequency of superficial fungal infections was found to be 20% (185 soldiers). Out of 185 cases, 151 had dermatophytosis (81.6%), 32 had tinea versicolor (17.3%) and 2 had candidiasis (1.1%). Conclusion: The high frequency of superficial fungal infections in facilities such as military service in which humans live in crowded populations will be decreased by preventive measures and educational studies. Moreover, both loss of working power and medical expenses will be kept in the least possible level.

Key words: Mycoses, Soldier, Cyprus, Epidemiology

Share this Article

Journal of Environmental and Occupational Science


ScopeMed Home
Follow ScopeMed on Twitter
Author Tools
eJPort Journal Hosting
About ScopeMed
License Information
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Suggest a Journal
Publisher Login
Contact Us

The articles in Scopemed are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.
ScopeMed is a Database Service for Scientific Publications. Copyright © ScopeMed® Information Services.
Scopemed Buttons