Clinical and Fungal Study of Pityriasis Versicolor Infection among Patients with Skin Mycoses in Baquba


Objective: To explore the infection rate, clinical patterns, and laboratory investigations of pityriasis versicolor infection among patients with skin mycosis attending Baquba General Hospital.Materials & methods: This study was conducted in Baquba General Hospital and Public Health Laboratory for the period from October/2003 to Augest/2004. Skin scrapings were collected from 64 patients who were clinically diagnosed as having pityriasis versicolor infection. Direct microscopic examination and culture of specimens on Sabouraud's dextrose agar was done. Patient's information including age, sex, residence and previous family history were recorded. All data were statistically analyzed.Results: During the study period, of 248patientswith skin mycoses, 64 (25.8%) were clinically and microscopically diagnosed as having pityriasis versicolor infection. Clinically the white patchy lesion was higher than dark-brown lesion (67.2% vs. 32.8%). The site of infection was more frequently on the neck (40.6%). A significantly higher infection rate was found among males compared to females (73.4% vs. 26.6%). Additionally, the infection rate was significantly higher (45.3%) among the age group 22-31years compared to other age groups.Conclusion: About one quarter of skin mycoses are attributed to pityriasis versicolor infection.Key Words: Pityriasis Versicolor, Mycoses, Baquba