Volume : 4
Issue : 3
Online ISSN : 2394-5478
Print ISSN : 2394-546X
Article First Page : 325
Article End Page : 327
Introduction: “Onychomycosis” is fungal infection of the nail which may be caused by dermatophytes, non-dermatophytes and Candida.(1) It affects toe nails more than finger nail. It may involve any part of the nail including nail bed or nail plate. The incidence of the disease varies from 3 to 5% and it may reach upto 20% in certain subgroups, e.g. miners, sportsmen.
Materials and Method: A total of 100 patients attending out patient clinic of Department of Dermatology and Venererology at Medical College in North India were enrolled in study. Nail scrapings and nail clippings were collected by proper aseptic techniques.
KOH wet mount was prepared from nail specimens. Culture was done on SDA media in duplicate. Lacto phenol cotton Blue mount was prepared from growth on SDA. Species identification was done by Micro slide culture technique.
Results: In this study M:F ratio was 1.7:1. Labourers (49)were most commonly involved among males and housewives(21) were among females. Out of all isolates maximum were Dermatophytes(79),Non dermatophytes(38) and Candida(12).
Keywords: Onycomycosis, Dermatophyte, Slide culture