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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 262-266

The menace of superficial dermatophytosis on the quality of life of patients attending referral hospital in Eastern India: A cross-sectional observational study

1 Department of Skin and VD, Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Skin and VD, IMS and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Maitreyee Panda
Department of Skin and VD, IMS and SUM Hospital, Sector-8, Kalinga Nagar, Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_342_18

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Background: Superficial dermatophytic infections have come up with multiple challenges and comorbidities recently regarding its chronic and recurrent course. Aims: The present study aims at measuring the impact of the disease on the quality of life (QoL) of the patients. Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted over 6 months. The patients attending the dermatology outpatient department were recruited after screening and were made to fill up the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and 5D-pruritus scale questionnaires. The P value was calculated and data were compared using the Pearson's correlation coefficient. Results: A total of 294 patients were studied. The effect on QoL was estimated to be moderate [males, ≤10% body surface area (BSA) involvement, ≤6 months duration, low and medium socio-economic status (SES)] to very large (females, >10% BSA involvement, >6 months duration, high SES, and medium and high educational status) according to the DLQI scoring and correlated strongly with the disability scoring in 5D-pruritus scale (r = 0.802, P < 0.0001). Limitations: Small sample size of the study may not reflect the impact on general population, urging the need for multicenter studies. Conclusions: Although considered previously as a simple fungal infection, the present state of superficial dermatophytosis has emerged as a social, psychological, and economic burden on the society.

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