In a random survey of 100 Air Force non commissioned officers with over 10 years active duty, 15% had culturally proven dermatophytosis. Clinical and cultural correlation was poor, with 29% of the dermatophytes being isolated from normal skin. Only 40% of those with clinical lesions had dermatophytes isolated. Cultures were superior to KOH preparations for the demonstration of dermatophytes. These results are discussed in view of a previous study of the incidence of dermatophytes in Air Force basic trainees. Military life does not increase the incidence of dermatophytosis.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health