Investigation of Demodex spp. in perinea areas and faces of young men visiting the urology policlinic


Haluk Soylemez1 , Ali Beytur2 , Ilhan Gecit , Ulku Karaman *, Ali Ozer and Sinan Calik

It has been reported that types of Demodex can be transmitted to other people through close contact and they can play a pathogenic role in rosacea, acne vulgaris, perioral dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, micropapillary-pruritic dermatitis, and blepharitis. Types of Demodex are reported to be located in various places of human body. The purpose of the present study was to detect the presence of Demodex spp. in the samples taken from the faces and perinea areas of the young men using standardized surface skin biopsy (SSSB). Accordingly, samples were obtained using SSSB method from the faces and perinea areas of 200 men aged 19 - 34, which were then covered with entellan and sent to the parasitological laboratory. Demodex spp. was found in 42.0% of the samples taken from perinea area and in 83.0% of the samples taken from subjects’ faces, while Enterobius vermicularis was detected in two cases. One of the samples taken from was Demodex brevis, while the others were Demodex folliculorum. It was concluded that, given that species of Demodex can be found in perinea area under conditions of collective accommodation, specimens should be taken from patients consulting with pruritus or allergic reactions in order to diagnose the parasite, and treatment protocol should be planned according to the results of the analysis.

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