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Quality of life in patients with dermatophytosis

Ramprasanth T,Aditi Mahajan,Milind Patvekar,Mahendra Singh Deora.

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Background: :Dermatophytosis has attained unprecedented dimensions in recent years, especially in India. Dermatophytosis also have a significant bearing on the relationship of patients with other people owing to the social stigma of itching along with large scaly visible patches.Objective was to evaluate the impact of dermatophytosis on quality of life.

Materials & Methods: This was a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study conducted on a cohort of 100 patients with dermatophytosis. Demographic details, clinical features and other relevant details were recorded in a preformed case record form.

Results: One hundred patients with age ranging from 14 to 62 years (mean:31.46) were included in the study. The mean dermatology life quality index score was 12.06±3.46(range 2-19). Dermatology life quality index score pertaining to symptoms and feelings,daily activities, leisure and personal relationships had significant impact on patients. Dermatology life quality index score was considerably influenced by age of the patient and the duration of the disease (p ≤ 0.05).

Conclusion: Study revealed a significant ramification of quality of life in patients with dermatophytosis and thus underscored the importance of counselling in controlling the disease related psychosocial sequelae.

Key words: dermatophytosis,DLQI,dermatology life quality index

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