The descriptive epidemiology of tinea pedis in the community

Donna Rogers, Monique Femia Kilkenny, Robin Marks

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Tinea pedis is a common inflammatory skin condition due to infection by dermatophyte fungi. A number of epidemiological studies have been completed on the frequency of tinea pedis in the community, particularly sporting and occupational groups and schools. Most studies have focused on small, high-risk populations. These include occupational groups involving manual labour, sporting groups such as swimmers, and those working or living in confined conditions with shared washing facilities, which favour the opportunity for cross-infection. Most studies show that the frequency of tinea pedis is higher in males than females. Tinea pedis infections appear to be least common among children, but do occur, and are commonly misdiagnosed.The difference between clinical disease and confirmed diagnosis by culture is not always clear when statistics of disease frequency have been presented. Clear diagnostic criteria indicating the level of mycologically confirmed diagnosis should be reported in future studies that include statistics on disease frequency. Future epidemiological studies should also aim to be population-based in order to obtain a more complete picture of disease frequency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178 - 184
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal of Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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