Recurrent dermatophytosis, new treatment modality

Q-switched ND YAG for recurrent dermatophytosis


  • Dooha Alhamdi Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Basra, Iraq
  • Khalil ALHamdi Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Basra, Iraq.


Recurrent dermatophytosis, Dermoscopy, Q-switched, Nd:YAG laser


Introduction Dermatophytosis is a superficial fungal infection, which is limited to the fully keratinized layer of the skin (stratum corneum), nails and hair. A noticeable increase in number of patients with recurrent dermatophytosis was observed during the last few years, which differs from the classical mode of presentation of this infection by being symptomatic, more inflammatory, widespread ,running a recurrent course and highly resistant to conventional treatments.   Objective To evaluate the outcome of using Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1,064-nm)  as a new treatment modality for this vexing problem.   Methods Twenty patients with thirty-three lesions of localized recurrent dermatophytosis with positive mycological study were collected, all of them were treated with Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1,064-nm) 4 sessions, one week apart. The patients were followed up weekly until the end of first month, then monthly for 6 months.   Results All patients showed excellent response to treatment with clinical cure rate of (100%). One patient had relapse (3.03%).   Conclusion Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1,064-nm) was found to be a safe and effective treatment of recurrent dermatophytosis that has been failed to respond to different types of systemic and topical antifungal drugs with excellent result and remarkable reduction in recurrence rate.  


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Alhamdi D, ALHamdi K. Recurrent dermatophytosis, new treatment modality: Q-switched ND YAG for recurrent dermatophytosis. J Pak Assoc Dermatol [Internet]. 2024May6 [cited 2024May19];34(1):46-50. Available from:



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