Algerian Journal of Health Sciences
Volume 3, Numéro 4, Pages 65-69

Prevalence Of Mycosis In Elderly Individuals: A Cross-sectional Study

Authors : Merad Yassine .


Superficial mycosis may be considered among elderly due to the presence of concomitant diseases that can complicate their treatment. The aim of the study was to determine prevalence of superficial mycosis among elderly patients over a period of one year. A questionnaire for each patient (sex, age, bath, animal contact, weight, clinical signs) was applied. A total of 100 patients with suspicion of mycosis (onyxis, skin disorders) were enrolled. 45 patients were positive for fungal elements on both direct examination and culture on SDA medium. The most common associated morbidity was diabetes mellitus (71,1%). A correlation was found between mycosis in elderly and onyxis especially in fingernails (p=0,041). On culture examination Candida non albicans (35,6%), Trichophyton rubrum (26,7%), followed by Candida albicans (22,2%) were the most identified fungi. Adequate education and mycological monitoring are required to improve our elderly patient’s quality of life.


Mycosis ; Prevalence ; Elderly ; Skin mycosis ; Onychomycosis

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