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Studies in the Epidemiology of Tinea Pedis. IX: Tinea Pedis and Erythrasma in New Patients at a Chiropody Clinic

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5625.228 (Published 26 October 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:228
  1. Mary P. English,
  2. J. Turvey

    Abstract

    The feet of 259 new patients at a chiropody clinic were examined for tinea pedis, onychomycosis, and erythrasma: 23% of men and 4% of women were infected by dermatophytes, and the nails of seven males were infected by non-dermatophytes. Of 200 patients examined under Wood's light 37% showed the coral-red fluorescence of erythrasma.

    Of the 259 patients, 9.7% were infected by Trichophyton interdigitale, 2.7% by T. rubrum, and 1.5% by Epidermophyton floccosum. Reasons are given, based on the method of selection of the patients, for supposing that T. interdigitale is still the dominant cause of tinea pedis in the population at large, despite figures from dermatological clinics suggesting the dominance of T. rubrum. The high incidence of infection in males compared with females corresponds with similar findings in school-children.