Osong Public Health Res Perspect.  2015 Dec;6(6):341-345. 10.1016/j.phrp.2015.10.012.

Epidemiological Characterization of Skin Fungal Infections Between the Years 2006 and 2010 in Korea

  • 1Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, College of Medical Sciences, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2Division of Enteric Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, Korea National Institute of Health, Cheongju, Korea
  • 3Division of Quarantine Support, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Korea
  • 4Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Kyungdong University, Wonju, Korea
  • 5Department of Emergency Medical Service, College of Medical Sciences, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea


The purpose of this study was to build and provide a basic database of skin fungal infections for the effective management of skin fungal infections in the future.
We collected health insurance data between the years 2006 and 2010 from the Health Insurance Corporation (Seoul, Korea) and analyzed the data to determine the prevalence and treatment management of skin fungal infections.
Skin fungal infections were divided into two groups: namely dermatophytosis and other superficial mycoses. Dermatophytosis showed a higher prevalence (16,035,399 cases) than the other superficial mycoses (794,847 cases) within the study period. The prevalence rate decreased consecutively by 0.01% to 0.19% every year. The prevalence according to region showed that Jeolla-do had a high prevalence distribution. The prevalences in men and women were similar (7.01% vs. 6.26%). It is interesting to note that adults from the 50–79-year age group showed a higher prevalence than children and young adults. The average convalescence time (days) of dermatophytosis was longer than that of other superficial mycoses. The total medical expenses were also much higher in dermatophytosis than in the other superficial mycoses.
This study provides useful data for study trends of skin fungal infections.


dermatophytosis; prevalence rate; skin fungal infection; superficial mycoses
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