Epidemiological characteristics of tinea pedis in military

Nana Kintsurashvili, George Galdava


Background: Tinea pedis is one of the widespread diseases of the world,which can infect people of all ages and sex. Approximately 70% of the world's population has suffered this pathology at least once in a life. The main causative pathogens of tinea pedis are trichophytonrubrum, trichophytonmentagrophytes, epidermophytonfloccosum. A Risk factors for the spread of the disease are: young man (1/3 ratio to women), warm, humid environment, foot sweatness, physical activity, wearing closed shoes for a long time, contagiousness - common showers, swimming pool, barracks. Usually, military personnel are at risk of spreading the disease.

Aim: The aim of this study is to represent epidemiological characteristics of Tinea pedis based on some researches conducted on military personnel of different countries.

Methods: The review of the literature has been carried out using the "ScienceDirect", "Scopus" and "PubMed" scientific bases in order to define relevant scientific works - published in English.

Results and conclusions: According to the research analysis, the prevalence of tinea pedis in the militaries is remarkably higher than in the civilians, more common in men than in women. The research revealed the correlation between military branches, military ranks and prevalence of Tinea pedis. Also, researches claimed that fungal infections are highly prevalent in military personnel deployed on combat and peacekeeping operations.


Tinea pedis; Epidemiology; Military;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29088/TCM-GMJ.2018-2.08


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