Shaista Alam, Humaira Khan, Shabir Ahmed Orakzai, Rafiq Ahmad, Mohib Ullah, Mian Muhammad Naveed.
Frequency of Scabies with Relation To Season in patients Attending the Outdoor patient Department of a Tertiary Care Hospital.
Adv Basic Med Sci Jan ;4(2):87-90.
Background: Scabies is a frequently diagnosed condition at hospitals worldwide, particularly in the developing world. It is the commonest cause of intense itching of skin. Methodology: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at the outpatient department of Ayub Teaching Hospital, from Jan 2012 to Dec 2014. Data of the patients attending the OPDs was collected and grouped month- and season-wise for each year. The descriptive data was presented as tables and graphs. Results: We found that the frequency of scabies increased over the period of study i.e. 3.8% in 2012 to 4.23% in 2014.The winter season has highest frequency of scabies (28%) as compared to other seasons. Conclusion: Scabies is a contagious disease and spreads by proximity, therefore its incidence increases in winter. Keywords: Scabies, Winter, Itching, Poverty, Contagious.
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