Dermatology life quality index in patients with persisting and recurrent dermatophytoses

T. S. Rajashekar, Shruti Nandigonnanavar, Suresh Kumar Kuppuswamy, G. Shruthi Madhavi


Background: Dermatophytosis is the most common fungal infection, which has recurrent and persisting course because of topical steroid abuse, irregular treatment and poor hygiene. Dermatology life quality index (DLQI) is a questionnaire based survey method to assess the impact and severity of many dermatology specific diseases and infections. There is paucity in the literature on the impact of dermatophytosis on the quality of life (Qol). The aim of the study was to assess the impact of dermatophytosis and its sequelae on quality of life.

Methods: A total of 186 patients with recurrent and persistent dermatophytosis were selected for Qol questionnaire for a period of six months and statistical analysis was performed using t test to determine the impact of dermatophytosis on Qol.

Results: Male to female ratio was 2.7:1, most cases were between 25 to 45 years age group. Thigh fold and gluteal region were the most common sites involved. Mean DLQI score was 12.7. The DLQI scores were statistically influenced by age of the patient, duration of the infection and site of involvement.

Conclusions: This study revealed significant impairment of Qol in dermatophytosis patients. Assurance and counselling along with early and prompt treatment plays a significant role in reducing disease related psychosocial sequelae and increase the efficacy of treatment.


Dermatophytosis, Dermatology life quality index, Psychosocial sequelae

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