Frequency Of Scabies With Relation To Season In Patients Attending The Outdoor Patient Department Of A Tertiary Care Hospital

How to Cite

Alam, S., Khan, H., Orakzai, S., Ahmad, R., Ullah, M., & Naveed, M. (2021). Frequency Of Scabies With Relation To Season In Patients Attending The Outdoor Patient Department Of A Tertiary Care Hospital. Advances in Basic Medical Sciences, 4(2). Retrieved from https://abms.kmu.edu.pk/index.php/abms/article/view/61

Abstract

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.