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Asian Journal of Dermatology
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-5
DOI: 10.3923/ajd.2009.1.5
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A Survey on Pityriasis Versicolor in the University Students in Southeast of Iran

A. Ebrahimzadeh

The present study was aimed to determine the prevalence of pityriasis versicolor in the university students in Southeast of Iran. Clinical examination conducted and Wood’s light (260-2600 A° UV light) utilized on 800 volunteer students including 400 males and 400 females. Consequently, the students presenting any macular lesion subjected to further examinations including direct smears, sellotape and culture methods for identification of Malassezia species. Pityriasis versicolor was clinically determined in 159 (39.75%) male and 179 (44.75%) female students. Wood’s light examination was positive with yellowish-golden demonstration, in 32.5% of males and 39.5% of females, indicating the involvement of Pityriasis versicolor and Malassezia species. Direct examination and culture results demonstrated 84.50 and 80% positive, respectively. The study confirmed a high prevalence of pityriasis versicolor in the students living in university dormitories. This infection, therefore, should be noted as an important public health problem in the study area, particularly, where students live together. Also, the pathogenic consequences of Malassezia species and its predominant involvement in pityriasis versicolor should be considered.
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How to cite this article:

A. Ebrahimzadeh , 2009. A Survey on Pityriasis Versicolor in the University Students in Southeast of Iran. Asian Journal of Dermatology, 1: 1-5.

DOI: 10.3923/ajd.2009.1.5






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