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SHOES: A SOURCE OF REINFECTION IN RINGWORM OF THE FEET

SHOES: A SOURCE OF REINFECTION IN RINGWORM OF THE FEET Abstract After attempts made by us1 several years ago to determine the source of recurrences of ringworm, it was decided to investigate the possibility of shoes acting as a residual source of infection. It is unfortunate that at this time only a preliminary report can be given, but we hope to increase the series to at least one hundred cases in the near future and to publish a complete report at that time. Although fungous infections of the feet are common at present and widely disseminated, in the past most of our efforts toward eradication of the disease have dealt with the individual patient. A number of articles, however, have been written on sterilization of shoes and clothing and prevention of spread in such places as showers and locker rooms, among which may be listed the papers of Ayres, Anderson and Youngblood,2 Williams,3 Henderson,4 Osborne and Hitchcock References 1. Jamieson, R. C., and McCrea, A.: Recurrence or Reinfection in Ringworm of the Hands and Feet , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 25:321 ( (Feb.) ) 1932. 2. Ayres, S., Jr.; Anderson, N. P., and Youngblood, E. M.: Fumigation as an Aid in the Control of Superficial Fungus Infection , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 24:283 ( (Aug.) ) 1931. 3. Williams, C. M.: Tinea of the Nails as a Source of Reinfection of Tinea of the Feet , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 18:730 ( (Nov.) ) 1928. 4. Henderson, Y.: Fungus Infection of the Feet: Fumigation of Shoes with Formaldehyde as a Means of Treatment , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 26:710 ( (Oct.) ) 1932. 5. Osborne, E. D., and Hitchcock, B. S.: The Prophylaxis of Ringworm of the Feet , J. A. M. A. 97:453 ( (Aug. 15) ) 1931. 6. Shaffer, L. W.: Incidence and Prophylaxis of Epidermophytosis in School Children , J. Michigan M. Soc. 32:648, 1933 7. Factors Affecting the Immunity Balance in Dermatophytosis , Shaffer J. Michigan M. Soc. 34:601, 1935. 8. Cornbleet, T.: Disorders of the Feet as a Cause of Resistant Eczematoid Ringworm: Their Influence on the Amount of Sweating of the Feet , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 29:887 ( (June) ) 1934. 9. In one of these cases scrapings were obtained from one old shoe and from one new one. The scrapings from the old shoe revealed Trichophyton in culture. Those from the new shoe remained sterile throughout. 10. Two of the shoes from which scrapings were obtained had been sterilized by formaldehyde fumigation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology American Medical Association

SHOES: A SOURCE OF REINFECTION IN RINGWORM OF THE FEET

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1937 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6029
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10.1001/archderm.1937.01470200003001
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Abstract

Abstract After attempts made by us1 several years ago to determine the source of recurrences of ringworm, it was decided to investigate the possibility of shoes acting as a residual source of infection. It is unfortunate that at this time only a preliminary report can be given, but we hope to increase the series to at least one hundred cases in the near future and to publish a complete report at that time. Although fungous infections of the feet are common at present and widely disseminated, in the past most of our efforts toward eradication of the disease have dealt with the individual patient. A number of articles, however, have been written on sterilization of shoes and clothing and prevention of spread in such places as showers and locker rooms, among which may be listed the papers of Ayres, Anderson and Youngblood,2 Williams,3 Henderson,4 Osborne and Hitchcock References 1. Jamieson, R. C., and McCrea, A.: Recurrence or Reinfection in Ringworm of the Hands and Feet , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 25:321 ( (Feb.) ) 1932. 2. Ayres, S., Jr.; Anderson, N. P., and Youngblood, E. M.: Fumigation as an Aid in the Control of Superficial Fungus Infection , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 24:283 ( (Aug.) ) 1931. 3. Williams, C. M.: Tinea of the Nails as a Source of Reinfection of Tinea of the Feet , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 18:730 ( (Nov.) ) 1928. 4. Henderson, Y.: Fungus Infection of the Feet: Fumigation of Shoes with Formaldehyde as a Means of Treatment , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 26:710 ( (Oct.) ) 1932. 5. Osborne, E. D., and Hitchcock, B. S.: The Prophylaxis of Ringworm of the Feet , J. A. M. A. 97:453 ( (Aug. 15) ) 1931. 6. Shaffer, L. W.: Incidence and Prophylaxis of Epidermophytosis in School Children , J. Michigan M. Soc. 32:648, 1933 7. Factors Affecting the Immunity Balance in Dermatophytosis , Shaffer J. Michigan M. Soc. 34:601, 1935. 8. Cornbleet, T.: Disorders of the Feet as a Cause of Resistant Eczematoid Ringworm: Their Influence on the Amount of Sweating of the Feet , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 29:887 ( (June) ) 1934. 9. In one of these cases scrapings were obtained from one old shoe and from one new one. The scrapings from the old shoe revealed Trichophyton in culture. Those from the new shoe remained sterile throughout. 10. Two of the shoes from which scrapings were obtained had been sterilized by formaldehyde fumigation.

Journal

Archives of Dermatology and SyphilologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1937

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