Published: 2022-08-29

Characteristics of dermatophytosis in Nabire, Central Papua, Indonesia

Suspina Pasande


Background: Dermatophytosis is a skin infection caused by dermatophytes that infect areas of the body containing keratins such as the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatophytosis is commonly found in Indonesia due to the tropical climate and geographical location. Clinical infection of dermatophytosis is known as tinea. The disease has a chronic nature and may decrease the quality of life of the patients. 

Methods: This is a descriptive study conducted at Nabire regional general hospital to identify the characteristics of patients with dermatophytosis registered at Nabire regional general hospital in the period of January 2018 to December 2018. Medical records were used for data collection, and samples were obtained using total sampling technique.

Results: For the period of one year, there were 125 cases of dermatophytosis. Most cases are found in adult age group (72%), female sex (67%), in the form of tinea corporis (32%), and overweight body mass index (48%).

Conclusions: This study concludes that in the period of January 2018 to December 2018, 125 cases of dermatophytosis were reported, with the majority of adult age group, female sex, form of tinea corporis, and often affects overweight patients.


Dermatophytosis, Tinea, Nabire

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