Objective: For the first time we studied the prevalence of tinea gladiatorum among young wrestlers and dermatophytes contamination of wrestling mats from Sari city the capital of Mazandaran, a northern Province of Iran.
Design: We examined 324 wrestlers (age range 9-20 years) from 7 active clubs in Sari city and obtained skin scrapings from 135 of suspected wrestlers to tinea gladiatorum. The scraped skin samples were evaluated with potassium hydroxide examination. Pleated carpet sterile fragments (5x5 cm) were used for survey of wrestling mats contamination. Sabouraud’s dextrose agar with and without chloramphenicole and cyclohexamide (SC and SCC) was used to culture scrapings and wrestling mats samples. The dermatophytes were identified by routine laboratory techniques.
Results: Our study showed that of the 324 wrestlers, 65 (20.1%), presented tinea gladiatorum. The most lesions have been on the trunk and head. All of wrestling mats samples was positive for dermatophyte. Trichophyton tonsurans (T. tonsurans) was isolated from all of scrapings and wrestling mats samples.
Conclusion: Considering that the isolation of many number colonies of T. tonsurans from all of wrestling mats and from involved wrestlers to tinea gladiatorum as the only dermatophytes species, we think the contamination of wrestling mat to T. tonsurans has a crucial role to catch tinea gladiatorum among wrestlers.
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