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September 1932

THE POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE LOCALIZATION OF RINGWORM INFECTION BETWEEN THE TOES: THE HYDROGEN ION CONCENTRATION OF THE INTER-DIGITAL SPACES OF THE FEET

Author Affiliations

Attending Dermatologist, Beth Israel and Sea View Hospitals; Associate Dermatologist, Mount Sinai and Montefiore Hospital; Adjunct Dermatologist, Beth Israel Hospital; Assistant Attending Dermatologist and Syphilologist, Sea View Hospital and Bellevue and New York University Medical Clinic NEW YORK

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(3):466-470. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030464011
Abstract

The widespread prevalence of ringworm infection of the feet has served to arouse a tremendous amount of interest in this problem in both lay and medical circles. Medical men who have occasion to treat patients for this condition agree that dermatophytosis infections have shown a manifold increase during the past decade.

The rapid increase of these infections of the feet has been attributed to various factors: the greater popularity of many aquatic sports, the use of the common shower and locker rooms and the custom of walking barefoot in the dressing rooms of gynasiums ; all these are being considered by clinicians as important factors in the epidemiology of this disease.

Moreover, it has been observed that dermatophytosis of the feet is more common among the well-to-do than among the poor. Cleanliness is then apparently not an important element in the prevention of this infection, since the disease occurs more

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