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    Prescribing Pattern of Antifungal Medications at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Oman.
    J Clin Diagn Res 2016 Dec 1;10(12):FC27-FC30. Epub 2016 Dec 1.
    Biomedical Scientist, Department of Pathology, Sultan Qaboos University , Al Khodh, Oman .
    Introduction: Inappropriate use of antifungal agents is implicated in the global burden of antifungal resistance, adverse outcomes like persistent infections, unnecessary exposure and increased cost. Data collection from time to time is to be done in order to have a check on the resistance/sensitivity pattern of the commonly prescribed antifungal drugs.

    Aim: To describe the pattern of antifungal drug prescription and administration to patients attending a university hospital in Oman. Read More

    Incidence and biodiversity of yeasts, dermatophytes and non-dermatophytes in superficial skin infections in Assiut, Egypt.
    J Mycol Med 2017 Feb 7. Epub 2017 Feb 7.
    Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Assiut University Mycological Centre, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt.
    Objective: The aim was to identify the incidence of the causal agents from dermatophytes, non-dermatophytes and yeasts in Assiut Governorate employing, beside the morphological and physiological techniques, the genotypic ones.

    Patients: Samples from infected nails, skin and hair were taken from 125 patients.

    Materials And Methods: Patients who presented with onychomycosis, tinea capitis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris and tinea pedis during the period from February 2012 to October 2015 were clinically examined and diagnosed by dermatologists and were guided to Assiut University Mycological Centre for direct microscopic examination, culturing and identification. Read More

    Computational analysis of conserved coil functional residues in the mitochondrial genomic sequences of dermatophytes.
    Bioinformation 2016 15;12(3):197-201. Epub 2016 Jun 15.
    Biotechnology Branch, University Institute of Engineering and Technology (U.I.E.T), Punjab University, Chandigarh 160014, India.
    Dermatophyte is a group of closely related fungi that have the capacity to invade keratinized tissue of humans and other animals. The infection known as dermatophytosis, caused by members of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton includes infection to the groin (tinea cruris), beard (tinea barbae), scalp (tinea capitis), feet (tinea pedis), glabrous skin (tinea corporis), nail (tinea unguium), and hand (tinea manuum). The identification of evolutionary relationship between these three genera of dermatophyte is epidemiologically important to understand their pathogenicity. Read More

    Relationship Between Phenotypic and Genotypic Characteristics of Trichophyton mentagrophytes Strains Isolated from Patients with Dermatophytosis.
    Mycopathologia 2017 Jan 18. Epub 2017 Jan 18.
    Parasitology-Mycology Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Farhat Hached University Hospital, Mohamed El Karoui Street, 4002, Sousse, Tunisia.
    According to epidemiological, clinical and mycological criteria, it has long been admitted that the Trichophyton mentagrophytes species includes two varieties: a zoophilic variety (var. mentagrophytes) and an anthropophilic variety (var. interdigitale) that involve the upper and the lower part of the body, respectively. Read More

    Trichophyton rubrum Infection Characterized by Majocchi's Granuloma and Deeper Dermatophytosis: Case Report and Review of Published Literature.
    Mycopathologia 2016 Dec 21. Epub 2016 Dec 21.
    Department of Dermatology, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200040, China.
    Infections caused by Trichophyton rubrum are very common in dermatological disease. It most often appears as superficial cutaneous mycosis, such as tinea manuum, tinea pedis, and tinea corporis. However, deep infection caused by T. Read More

    Foot Conditions among Homeless Persons: A Systematic Review.
    PLoS One 2016 9;11(12):e0167463. Epub 2016 Dec 9.
    Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Introduction: Foot problems are common among homeless persons, but are often overlooked. The objectives of this systematic review are to summarize what is known about foot conditions and associated interventions among homeless persons.

    Methods: A literature search was conducted on MEDLINE (1966-2016), EMBASE (1947-2016), and CINAHL (1982-2016) and complemented by manual searches of reference lists. Read More

    Epidemiology of Dermatophytoses in Crete, Greece.
    Med Mycol J 2016 ;57(4):E69-E75
    Department of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine.
    Dermatophytoses are among the most frequently diagnosed skin infections worldwide. However, the distribution of pathogenic species and the predominating anatomical sites of infection vary with geographical location and change over time. The aim of this study was to determine the epidemiological and aetiological factors of dermatophytoses in Crete, Greece over the last 5-year period (2011-2015) and their incidence in relation to the gender and the age of the patients. Read More

    Risk factors for non-purulent leg cellulitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    Br J Dermatol 2016 Nov 18. Epub 2016 Nov 18.
    Emergency Care Research Unit (ECRU), Division of Population Health Sciences (PHS), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.
    Non-purulent cellulitis is an acute bacterial infection of the dermal and subdermal tissues that is not associated with purulent drainage, discharge or abscess. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis (SRMA) was to identify and appraise all controlled observational studies that have examined risk factors for the development of non-purulent cellulitis of the leg (NPLC). A systematic literature search of electronic databases and grey literature sources was performed in July 2015. Read More

    Onychomycosis: Practical Approaches to Minimize Relapse and Recurrence.
    Skin Appendage Disord 2016 Sep 14;2(1-2):83-87. Epub 2016 Sep 14.
    Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Ala., USA.
    Introduction: Toenail onychomycosis is a common disease in which treatment options are limited and treatment failures and disease recurrence are frequently encountered. It usually requires many months of treatment, and recurrence may occur in more than half of the patients within 1 year or more after the infection has been eradicated. Data on long-term treatment, follow-up and recurrence are limited. Read More

    Enhancement of the topical tolnaftate delivery for the treatment of tinea pedis via provesicular gel systems.
    J Liposome Res 2016 Oct 19:1-11. Epub 2016 Oct 19.
    a Department of Pharmaceutical Technology , National Research Center , Cairo , Egypt.
    Tolnaftate is a thiocarbamate antifungal drug which is therapeutically active against dermatophytes that cause various forms of tinea. Due to the small amount of tolnaftate released from ordinary ointment bases and insufficient penetration through the infected skin layers the need to incorporate the drug in a more suitable pharmaceutical form has evolved. A provesicular system is one such form that can solve these problems. Read More

    Prevalence and epidemiology of tinea pedis and toenail onychomycosis and antifungal susceptibility of the causative agents in patients with type 2 diabetes in Turkey.
    Int J Dermatol 2017 Jan 26;56(1):68-74. Epub 2016 Sep 26.
    Department of Dermatology, Eskisehir State Hospital, Eskisehir, Turkey.
    Background: Diabetes patients are particularly susceptible to fungal infections because their vascular and immunological systems are compromised.

    Objectives: The present study aimed to determine prevalences of tinea pedis and onychomycosis, factors predisposing to their development, and antifungal susceptibilities of causative fungal species against fluconazole, itraconazole, and terbinafine in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM).

    Methods: Study groups were defined according to hemoglobin A1C rates of ≥6. Read More

    Tinea pedis and onychomycosis frequency in diabetes mellitus patients and diabetic foot ulcers. A cross sectional - observational study.
    Pak J Med Sci 2016 Jul-Aug;32(4):891-5
    Prof. Dr. Tamer Tetiker, M.D. Specialist in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Cukurova University Medical Faculty, 01330 Adana, Turkey.
    Objective: Impaired cellular immunity and reduced phagocytic function of polymorphonuclear leukocytes facilitate the development of skin fungal and bacterial infections due to uncontrolled hyperglycemia in diabetic patients. In our study, we aimed to assess onychomycosis and/or tinea pedis frequency in diabetic patients, and effects on the development of chronic complications, particularly foot ulcer.

    Methods: We included 227 diabetic patients in the study. Read More

    Econazole Nitrate Foam 1% Improves the Itch of Tinea Pedis.
    J Drugs Dermatol 2016 Sep;15(9):1111-4
    Econazole nitrate topical foam, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis caused by Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum in patients 12 years of age and older. The symptom of itch or pruritus was evaluated in two randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, vehicle-controlled, multicenter Phase III studies in which econazole foam was compared with foam vehicle in subjects with interdigital tinea pedis. A thin, uniform layer of study treatment was applied once daily to all clinically affected interdigital regions of both feet for four weeks. Read More

    [Causative agents of superficial mycoses isolated in Dakar, Senegal: Retrospective study from 2011 to 2015].
    J Mycol Med 2016 Dec 31;26(4):368-376. Epub 2016 Aug 31.
    Laboratoire de parasitologie-mycologie, CHU Aristide Le Dantec, BP 5005, Dakar, Sénégal; Service de parasitologie-mycologie, faculté de médecine, de pharmacie et d'odontologie, université Cheikh Anta Diop, BP 16477, Dakar, Sénégal.
    Introduction: Superficial fungal infections, particularly of the skin, scalp and nails are very common and have been reported worldwide. The most common causative agents of these mycoses are dermatophytes, yeasts and molds. However, these agents vary with time and depend on many factors including the geography. Read More

    Tinea and Onychomycosis.
    Semin Cutan Med Surg 2016 Jun;35(6 Suppl):S110-3
    Professor of Dermatology Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas.
    Onychomycosis and tinea pedis are common fungal infections affecting the nails and feet, respectively. Two newly approved topical agents for onychomycosis are efinaconazole and tavaborole, both of which have demonstrated respectable cure rates in clinical studies. For tinea pedis, naftifine 2% and luliconazole 1% are new agents, both administered for relatively short courses, that may foster greater adherence Semin Cutan Med Surg 35(supp6):S110-S113. Read More

    Epidemiological trends of dermatophytosis in Tehran, Iran: A five-year retrospective study.
    J Mycol Med 2016 Dec 9;26(4):351-358. Epub 2016 Aug 9.
    Department of Medical Mycology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran 13164, Iran. Electronic address:
    Objective: Dermatophytosis is the most frequent fungal infection all over the world and its frequency is constantly increasing. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical features and epidemiological trends of dermatophytosis over the years 2010 to 2014 in Tehran, Iran.

    Patients And Methods: A total of 13,312 patients clinically suspected of cutaneous fungal infections were examined. Read More

    Isolation, Identification, and In Vitro Antifungal Susceptibility Testing of Dermatophytes from Clinical Samples at Sohag University Hospital in Egypt.
    Electron Physician 2016 Jun 25;8(6):2557-67. Epub 2016 Jun 25.
    Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Egypt.
    Aim: The objective of this study was to isolate, identify, and explore the in-vitro antifungal susceptibility pattern of dermatophytes isolated from clinically suspected cases of dermatophytosis (tinea infections) attending the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic.

    Methods: This study was conducted at Sohag University Hospital from December 2014 to December 2015. Clinical samples (e. Read More

    Genetic Predictors of Susceptibility to Dermatophytoses.
    Mycopathologia 2017 Feb 8;182(1-2):67-76. Epub 2016 Aug 8.
    UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, USA.
    Countless observational studies conducted over the last century reveal that dermatophytes infect humans of every age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status with strikingly high rates. The curious disparity in dermatophyte infection patterns observed within and between populations has led countless investigators to explore whether genetics underlie a susceptibility to, or confer protection against, dermatophyte infections. This paper examines the data that offer a link between genetics and dermatophytoses and discusses the underlying mechanisms that support these observations. Read More

    New Antifungal Agents and New Formulations Against Dermatophytes.
    Mycopathologia 2017 Feb 8;182(1-2):127-141. Epub 2016 Aug 8.
    Mediprobe Research Inc., 645 Windermere Road, London, ON, Canada.
    A variety of oral and topical antifungal agents are available for the treatment of superficial fungal infections caused by dermatophytes. This review builds on the antifungal therapy update published in this journal for the first special issue on Dermatophytosis (Gupta and Cooper 2008;166:353-67). Since 2008, there have not been additions to the oral antifungal armamentarium, with terbinafine, itraconazole, and fluconazole still in widespread use, albeit for generally more severe or recalcitrant infections. Read More

    Characterization of clinically important dermatophytes in North of Iran using PCR-RFLP on ITS region.
    J Mycol Med 2016 Dec 3;26(4):345-350. Epub 2016 Aug 3.
    Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran.
    Objective: Dermatophytosis is considered as one of the major public health problems in the world. Accurate identification of the dermatophytes species is important for recognition of the environment and animal sources of infection. In this survey, 1500 clinical specimens taken from outpatients suspected of dermatophytosis and they were examined by direct microscopy and culture. Read More

    [Tinea in the genital area : A diagnostic and therapeutic challenge].
    Hautarzt 2016 Sep;67(9):689-99
    Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8, 8036, Graz, Österreich.
    Pubogenital tinea or tinea genitalis represents a rare type of dermatophytosis which, however, is increasingly being diagnosed. The mons pubis is affected, but also the outer regions to the penis shaft and the labia together with the groins. Pubogenital tinea is a more superficial erythrosquamous type, but strong inflammatory dermatomycoses of the genital area as tinea genitalis profunda ranging to kerion celsi are observed. Read More

    Tavaborole, Efinaconazole, and Luliconazole: Three New Antimycotic Agents for the Treatment of Dermatophytic Fungi.
    J Pharm Pract 2016 Aug 3. Epub 2016 Aug 3.
    College of Pharmacy, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, USA
    Fungal diseases of the nail bed (onychomycosis) and epidermis are recurrent illnesses in the elderly and immunocompromised patients, which have few efficacious treatment options. Current treatment options for onychomycosis are limited to topical agents, laser treatment, and oral antifungals. Previous generations of topical agents were not efficacious, owing to poor penetration of the nail bed. Read More

    Epidemiology of onychomycosis in Serbia: a laboratory-based survey and risk factor identification.
    Mycoses 2017 Jan 29;60(1):25-32. Epub 2016 Jul 29.
    Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
    Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the fingernails and/or toenails caused by dermatophytes, yeasts and non-dermatophyte moulds. The epidemiology of onychomycosis in Serbia is yet to be fully established. This epidemiological study was aimed at evaluating the epidemiology of onychomycosis in a sample of the Serbian patients at risk of onychomycosis, to determine the fungal aetiological agents and to identify the possible risk factors. Read More

    Skin disorders in peritoneal dialysis patients: An underdiagnosed subject.
    World J Nephrol 2016 Jul;5(4):372-7
    Meltem Gursu, Lamiye Yucel, Rumeyza Kazancioglu, Department of Nephrology, Bezmialem Vakif University Medical Faculty, 34093 Istanbul, Turkey.
    Aim: To examine all skin changes in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients followed up in our unit.

    Methods: Patients on PD program for at least three months without any known chronic skin disease were included in the study. Patients with already diagnosed skin disease, those who have systemic diseases that may cause skin lesions, patients with malignancies and those who did not give informed consent were excluded from the study. Read More

    Increased Risk of Tinea Pedis and Onychomycosis Among Swimming Pool Employees in Netanya Area, Israel.
    Mycopathologia 2016 Dec 19;181(11-12):851-856. Epub 2016 Jul 19.
    Mediprobe Research Inc., 645 Windermere Road, London, ON, Canada.
    Tinea pedis and onychomycosis often co-occur in individuals. A relationship between swimming pools and tinea pedis exists; however, little research has investigated the relationship between onychomycosis, tinea pedis, and swimming pools. This study sought to examine the prevalence of tinea pedis and onychomycosis among swimming pool employees, a population that may be at risk of tinea infections. Read More

    Oxygenated monoterpenes-rich volatile oils as potential antifungal agents for dermatophytes.
    Nat Prod Res 2017 Feb 16;31(4):460-464. Epub 2016 Jun 16.
    b CESPU - Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada em Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde , Gandra , Portugal.
    Essential oils (EOs) extracted from Lavandula luisieri and Cymbopogon citratus were tested for their antifungal activity against ten clinical isolates of dermatophytes isolated from cases of tinea pedis. Inhibition of conidial germination and antifungal drug/EO combination assay were tested on two ATCC reference strains of Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. EOs were characterised by high amount of oxygenated monoterpenes in their composition. Read More

    Oral Antifungal Drugs in the Treatment of Dermatomycosis.
    Med Mycol J 2016 ;57(2):J71-5
    Department of Dermatology, Tokyo Women's Medical University.
    Oral antifungal drugs are used primarily to treat tinea unguium; however, they are also useful for other types of tinea. For example, a combination of topical and oral antifungal drugs is effective in hyperkeratotic tinea pedis that is unresponsive to topical monotherapy. In cases of tinea facialis adjacent to the eyes, ears, or mouth, or widespread tinea corporis, or tinea cruris involving the complex skin folds of the external genitalia, it is difficult to apply topical drugs to all the lesions; therefore, oral antifungal drugs are necessary. Read More

    Polyclonality of Trichophyton rubrum Isolates in aDermatophytosis Patient with Multiple Lesions.
    Med Mycol J 2016 ;57(2):E17-20
    Department of Dermatology, Kanazawa Medical University.
    We cultured 15 isolates of Trichophyton rubrum and one isolate of Trichophyton mentagrophytes from an 82-year-old male tinea patient with multiple lesions. To determine whether feet lesions were the source of dermatophytes of other tinea lesions, we extracted total cellular DNA from the T. rubrum isolates(13 from feet, two from right waist and buttock). Read More

    Plantar Hyperhidrosis: An Overview.
    Clin Podiatr Med Surg 2016 Jul 26;33(3):441-51. Epub 2016 Mar 26.
    Department of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, 148 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. Electronic address:
    Plantar hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating on the soles of feet, can have a significant impact on patients' quality of life and emotional well-being. Hyperhidrosis is divided into primary and secondary categories, depending on the cause of the sweating, with plantar hyperhidrosis typically being primary and idiopathic. There is an overall increased risk of cutaneous infection in the presence of hyperhidrosis, including fungal, bacterial, and viral infections. Read More

    Onychomycosis: Evaluation, Treatment Options, Managing Recurrence, and Patient Outcomes.
    Clin Podiatr Med Surg 2016 Jul 26;33(3):305-18. Epub 2016 Mar 26.
    Department of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, 148 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. Electronic address:
    Onychomycosis is the most common nail disease seen in podiatric practice. Effective long-term management remains problematic. We need to treat onychomycosis effectively to prevent its progression into a severe, debilitating, and painful condition, and to manage recurrence. Read More

    Fungal interdigital tinea pedis in Dakar (Senegal).
    J Mycol Med 2016 Dec 12;26(4):312-316. Epub 2016 May 12.
    Laboratoire de parasitologie-mycologie, CHU Aristide le Dantec, BP 5005, Dakar, Senegal; Service de parasitologie-mycologie, faculté de médecine, de pharmacie et d'odontologie, université Cheikh Anta DIOP de Dakar, BP 16477, Dakar, Senegal.
    Fungal interdigital tinea pedis (FITP) is the most frequent dermatomycosis in industrial countries. In African tropics, it's a rare motive of consultation and is discovered while complicated. The aims of this article were: to determine the frequency of interdigital tinea pedis among overall mycological analysis in our laboratory; to study epidemiological, clinical and mycological aspects of FITP in outpatients attending the Le Dantec mycology laboratory in Dakar. Read More

    Tinea Incognita following the Use of an Antipsoriatic Gel.
    Skin Appendage Disord 2016 Feb 16;1(3):123-5. Epub 2015 Oct 16.
    Division of Dermatology, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
    Tinea incognita is a dermatophyte infection of the skin whose clinical presentation has been modified by the misuse of steroids or, as has been described recently, calcineurin inhibitors. We report a case of pustular psoriasis treated with an antipsoriatic cream, composed of topical steroids and a vitamin D3 derivative, which gave rise to a tinea incognita. Our case underlines that clinical features of fungal infection can be modified by the increasing use of self-prescribed topical therapies, usually applied to treat incorrectly 'self-diagnosed' diseases. Read More

    Management of tinea corporis, tinea cruris, and tinea pedis: A comprehensive review.
    Indian Dermatol Online J 2016 Mar-Apr;7(2):77-86
    Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
    The prevalence of superficial mycotic infection worldwide is 20-25% of which dermatophytes are the most common agents. Recent developments in understanding the pathophysiology of dermatophytosis have confirmed the central role of cell-mediated immunity in countering these infections. Hence, a lack of delayed hypersensitivity reaction in presence of a positive immediate hypersensitivity (IH) response to trichophytin antigen points toward the chronicity of disease. Read More

    Onychomycosis of Toenails and Post-hoc Analyses with Efinaconazole 10% Solution Once-daily Treatment: Impact of Disease Severity and Other Concomitant Associated Factors on Selection of Therapy and Therapeutic Outcomes.
    J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2016 Feb;9(2):42-7
    Clinical Professor (Dermatology), Adjunct Faculty, Touro University College of Osteopathie Medicine, Henderson, Nevada; Private Practice, Lakes Dermatology, Las Vegas, Nevada; Research Director, Del Rosso Dermatology Research Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Topical treatment for toenail onychomycosis has been fraught with a long-standing reputation of poor efficaey, primarily due to physical properties of the nail unit that impede drug penetration. Newer topical agents have been formulated as Solution, which appear to provide better therapeutic response in properly selected patients. It is important to recognize the impact the effects that mitigating and concomitant factors can have on efficaey. Read More

    Diagnosis and Management of Onychomycosis Perspectives from a Joint Podiatric Medicine-Dermatology Roundtable.
    J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 2016 Mar;106(2):155-62
    Onychomycosis is a fungal infection, and, as such, one of the goals of treatment should be eradication of the infective agent. Despite this, in contrast to dermatologists, many podiatric physicians do not include antifungals in their onychomycosis treatment plans. Before initiating treatment, confirmation of mycologic status via laboratory testing (eg, microscopy with potassium hydroxide preparation, histopathology with periodic acid-Schiff staining, fungal culture, and polymerase chain reaction) is important; however, more podiatric physicians rely solely on clinical signs than do dermatologists. Read More

    Tinea pedis due to Cylindrocarpon lichenicola beginning onycholysis.
    Med Mycol Case Rep 2016 Mar 22;11:13-5. Epub 2016 Feb 22.
    Laboratoire de parasitologie-mycologie, CHU Aristide, Le Dantec, Dakar, Senegal; Laboratoire de parasitologie-mycologie, faculté de médecine, de pharmacie et d'odontologie de l'université Cheikh Anta Diop, BP 16477 Dakar, Senegal.
    A 33 year old woman presented with both feet, humid and white Tinea pedis at the second, third and fourth inter-toes areas associated with a beginning onycholysis of the nails lasting for 18 months. KOH mount of the samples was positive for fungal hyphae. The fungus was isolated on Sabouraud-chlorampphenicol agar and identified as Cylindrocarpon lichenicola. Read More

    Onychomycosis: Strategies to Minimize Recurrence.
    J Drugs Dermatol 2016 Mar;15(3):279-82
    Recurrence (relapse or re-infection) in onychomycosis is common, occurring in 10% to 53% of patients. However, data on prevalence is limited as few clinical studies follow patients beyond 12 months. It has been suggested that recurrence after continuous terbinafine treatment may be less common than with intermittent or continuous itraconazole therapy, probably due to the fungicidal activity of terbinafine, although these differences tended not to be significant. Read More

    Detection of dermatophytes in human nail and skin dust produced during podiatric treatments in people without typical clinical signs of mycoses.
    Mycoses 2016 Jun 2;59(6):379-82. Epub 2016 Mar 2.
    Department of Microbiology, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław, Poland.
    Pedicures are the most common cosmetic foot treatment. Many pedicurists and podiatrists suffer from respiratory infections and diseases such as asthma, sinusitis, chronic cough and bronchitis. Skin and nail dust may play an important role in the development of occupational diseases and the transmission of mycosis to other clients. Read More

    Health education programmes to improve foot self-care practices and foot problems among older people with diabetes: a systematic review.
    Int J Older People Nurs 2016 Sep 25;11(3):214-39. Epub 2016 Feb 25.
    Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
    Aims And Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of health education programmes to improve foot self-care practices and foot problems among older people with diabetes.

    Background: The complications of diabetes among older people are a major health concern. Foot problems such as neuropathy, ulcer and ultimately amputation are a great burden on older people with diabetes. Read More

    Epidemiological Aspects of Dermatophytosis in Khuzestan, southwestern Iran, an Update.
    Mycopathologia 2016 Aug 17;181(7-8):547-53. Epub 2016 Feb 17.
    Abadan School of Medical sciences, Abadan, Iran.
    Dermatophytosis is among the most common superficial mycoses in Iran. The purpose of this report was to update the clinical and mycological features of human dermatophytosis in the Khuzestan, southwestern Iran. In the framework of a one-year survey, a total of 4120 skin, hair and nail samples obtained from the outpatients with symptoms suggestive of tinea were analyzed by using direct microscopy, culture and molecular identification methods. Read More

    The Role of Naftifine HCl 2% Gel and Cream in Treating Moccasin Tinea Pedis.
    J Drugs Dermatol 2016 Feb;15(2 Suppl):s56-9
    In recent years, new topical antifungals have emerged for the treatment and management of tinea pedis, but all have been investigated and approved for the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis. Moccasin tinea pedis has not been recognized by governing bodies as a definable and treatable disease entity separate from interdigital tinea pedis at this time. Thus, creating randomized, controlled clinical trials to investigate moccasin tinea pedis is a challenge without an agreed upon definition of the disease state, treatment regimen, and treatment course. Read More

    Epidemiology of Superficial Fungal Infections in Guangdong, Southern China: A Retrospective Study from 2004 to 2014.
    Mycopathologia 2016 Jun 16;181(5-6):387-95. Epub 2016 Feb 16.
    Department of Parasitology, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, 510080, China.
    Superficial fungal infections are common worldwide; however, the distribution of pathogenic species varies among geographical areas and changes over time. This study aimed to determine the epidemiologic profile of superficial fungal infections during 2004-2014 in Guangzhou, Southern China. Data regarding the superficial mycoses from outpatients and inpatients in our hospital were recorded and analyzed. Read More

    A critical appraisal of once-daily topical luliconazole for the treatment of superficial fungal infections.
    Infect Drug Resist 2016 18;9:1-6. Epub 2016 Jan 18.
    Dermatology, Mediprobe Research Inc., London, ON, Canada.
    Luliconazole is a novel imidazole derivative, which has demonstrated in vitro efficacy against dermatophytes and Candida. The results from Phase III trials show that luliconazole 1% cream applied once daily for 2 weeks successfully resolved the clinical signs and symptoms as well as eradicated the pathologic fungi, which cause tinea pedis. A 1-week treatment with luliconazole 1% cream also produced favorable clinical and mycological results in clinical trials for tinea corporis and tinea cruris. Read More

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